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The coalition government's efforts to ensure the UK has the best broadband infrastructure in Europe must not be solely focused on average connection speeds and should instead concentrate on offering strong services to all parts of the country, an expert has claimed.

Technology writer Drew Hendricks, writing in the Huffington Post, noted that many health and information services now utilise the internet, making access an increasingly important part of modern life.

"In a digital age, be it for economic, social or welfare reasons, it does matter if some areas in a country are lacking in what have become standard technologies," he added.

With this in mind, using services like satellite broadband to ensure connection is widespread should be a central part of the government's policy, he concluded.

Tim Johnson, chief analyst at broadband research specialists Point Topic, recently told UK Authority he expects internet access to become a crucial utility like water or electricity.

Posted by Justin McKenzie