According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, the Conservative party believes that the most effective way to boost broadband in the UK is to target investment at the country's main cities.
Jeremy Hunt, the Tory shadow secretary said that only once faster broadband had been delivered in main metropolitan areas should it be rolled out to rural locations. Hunt revealed his feelings at at debate at the London School of Economics, the Guardian said, to a chorus of disapproval from the country dwellers in attendance.
Choosing to focus first on metropolitan areas is possibly a vote winner, so long as you are not interested in getting any e-votes from people that live on farms and the like. However, it could make sense. While the current government thinks that high speed interwebbery should be funded by telecoms companies, Hunt and his peers think that it should be enabled by other means.
These other means are charging city-based early high speed adopters a premium for the service, something that the business community is likely to embrace with the same fervour as a member of staff with swine flu.
Let's not forget that this is all immaterial until after the next general election, when as we know, most plans and promises go out of the window.
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