In March 2011, I wrote about the UK Government plans for HS2 High Speed rail link. My message was clear and simple, don’t move the people to the work (moving atoms), move the work to the people (moving bits).
The Department of Transport had said “HS2 is a project that will deliver jobs and prosperity across the entire country by connecting the south with our great northern cities.” This week UK Govt seem to be back-tracking on the HS2 plans.
Here’s a great opportunity to rewrite that DoT aspiration to “The 100Mb Fibre to every home is a project that will deliver jobs and prosperity across the entire country by connecting the south with our great northern.”
We’re in a global economy and we need to ensure that we have the best and widest wired & wireless infrastructure in the world. Its understand we need great airports (visible assets) to be a global player, why is it so hard to make the case for massive investment in communications infrastructure (invisible assets).
A plea to UK Govt, if you’re not going to build HS2, please give a big shot in the arm to our well-below-world-class communications infrastructure. Now!