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Universal Broadband Is Fourth Utility Says Expert

A broadband industry expert has backed the comments made by the prime minister earlier this week indicating online services are now as significant to UK consumers as some of the essential things like water, gas, and electricity.

Edd Dawson, managing director for, a website designed to offer help and advice to internet users, has quoted “broadband for all” a positive move by the government, and supported the comments that the internet is increasingly becoming “the fourth utility” for UK consumers.

Along the same line, Dawson said, “It's a fact of life and I'm old enough to remember before the internet and before mobile phones, but now all those things in my life - and just about everyone I know's life - are totally necessary”.

Although it's the responsibility of private sector to continue steering the broadband technology ahead, the government also has a crucial role to play in materialising the objectives, he said.

Furthermore, he earlier asserted that plans to make broadband universally available must be implemented as per the users' choice, instead of forcing people to opt for it; however, the idea behind the proposal is to make broadband available anywhere, he added.

He also notified that there are chances for someone living in a city to not seek broadband access, while people living in remote areas may need it desperately at the same time.

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Many of us may prefer having access to internet rather than watching television. Broadband has changed the lives of millions, introducing concepts such as social networking and microblogging to many.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.