15 November 2000
Countryside may face digital divide
By FWi staff
RURAL areas could end up on the wrong side of a digital divide after regional licences to provide wireless internet access failed to attract bidders.
In the latest auction of the radio spectrum, offers were received for only 15 of the 42 available licences, reports the Financial Times.
Licences give the right to send multimedia services over the airwaves to households and small businesses.
But the newspaper warns if licences for sparsely-populated areas are not taken up, swathes of the country will not be able to utilise the broadband services.
The Government hopes broadband services will permit high-speed internet access outside fibre optic and cable television networks.
- Financial Times 15/11/2000 page 6