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Superfast broadband more important than airport infrastructure for Brits

by CBR Staff Writer| 24 December 2013

43% think that providing superfast broadband will be more economically beneficial to the UK.

Most Brits feel that superfast broadband is more important to them than building new airports and extra runways at existing airports, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos Mori for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

A total of 2,011 Brits aged 16 to 75 were questioned in the survey undertaken between December 13 and 18.

While 17% feel that construction of new airports would boost the UK economy, only 12% think that building extra runways at existing airports would do the same.

On the other hand, 43% were of the view that providing superfast broadband to all households in the UK would be economically beneficial to the country.

IET Communication Policy Panel Chairman Professor Will Stewart said that this survey clearly points out that most people in the UK do not see more economic benefit accruing out of increasing capacity at British airports.

"The public have told us that supporting the e-economy by rolling out universal superfast broadband will have more economic benefits for the UK than more traditional infrastructure projects like increasing airport capacity or high speed rail," added Stewart.

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