The government has announced that a review is to be carried out into the provision of business broadband.
The review will look at the market for business services and consider the availability and affordability. Sajid Javid, the business secretary, has made the promise of the review to UK manufacturers. Businesses have raised concerns that the current provision of broadband might not be enough to support business growth in the future.
The minister was speaking at the annual conference of the EEF, the manufacturer’s association. The review is to be led by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It will examine how competition can be encouraged, and how services can be improved. It will also look at how British companies will be able to take advantage everything that faster broadband can do for them.
The conference had a strong focus on ‘Industry 4.0’, which is an approach to business that is based on the difference that connectivity and the Internet of Things can make. Mr Javid has said that it is important for UK businesses to be able to develop new technologies and a strong digital infrastructure.
His comments have been supported by the chief executive of EEF, Terry Scuoler, who said that access to faster, better broadband is ‘critical’. He has welcomed the news of the review and believes that it will help British businesses to lead the way in the new industrial revolution. The EEF has been asking for a review, particularly in light of the high cost of using leased lines and the cost of connectivity.