Headlines > UK government funding promises end of online buffering

Posted on July 5, 2017

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Toby Nimmo investigates introduction of nationwide ‘Ultra-Fast’ Internet
The UK government have created a £400 million Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, which unlocks £1 billion in spending for ‘Ultra-Fast’ 1-gigabit broadband rollouts across the country.

What does this mean to you and me? Have you ever had to watch YouTube videos in 360p because your mum is downstairs catching up on EastEnders on BBC iPlayer? Ever had your connection drop out in the final moments of a FIFA match because someone wanted to use Netflix?

Well, this new investment promises to make problems like these a thing of the past, with new broadband a whopping 27.7 times faster than the current UK average, according to an Ofcom report.

Now that’s nice and all, but the government aren’t just spending that kind of money because they couldn’t watch Game of Thrones, so why are they doing this?

Well, it seems to be a form of future proofing, creating jobs and improving the economy for years to come, with Andrew Jones, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury stating, “We are investing £400 million to make sure the UK’s digital infrastructure is match-fit for the future.”

What I think
It’s great that I will never have to worry about slow downloads or buffering videos ever again! Even better, I think this will really affect the kind of jobs available in the future, and pave the way for new technological advancements, such as self-driving cars, allowing us to live more comfortable lives.

Toby Nimmo
Toby is a student at Woodside High. He enjoys programming and gaming and is pursuing a career in game design. Toby is also very good looking and single, ladies. Toby thinks that he should not have been allowed to write his own bio in the third person.


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