By Marcus Leach
The results from 421 respondents to ISPreview.co.uk's latest survey have revealed how nearly 9 out of 10 people in the UK (89%) believe that the current coalition government is not doing enough to improve the country's broadband internet access services, while 69% would like to see more tax payers' money being put into the effort.
At present the country's national broadband strategy - 'Britain's Superfast Broadband Future' - seeks to deploy "the best broadband network in Europe" by 2015. However, its only concrete goal is to make sure that virtually every community in the land has access to a minimum broadband ISP download speed of 2Mbps (Megabits per second) by 2015. By contrast the EU intends to bring basic broadband to all Europeans by 2013, extending to superfast (30Mbps or faster) services by 2020.
"The results clearly show that, despite having only just started to emerge from a deep recession, most people do recognise the increasingly vital importance of internet access and would even be willing to sacrifice more of their hard earned cash in order to see it improved," remarked ISPreview.co.uk's Founder, Mark Jackson.
Meanwhile 62% of survey respondents felt that, in terms of developing the country's internet access, the current government (Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition) was performing "about the same" as the previous (Labour) one. Just 13% thought they were doing better than the last government and 25% actually felt they were "worse".
"A large swathe of the population still hasn't been convinced by the government's latest efforts, which is crucial because private sector investment alone can only reach approximately 70% of the country with superfast broadband services. In the future more money may be needed to reach the remotest locations," concluded Jackson.