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Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of widening digital divide

18 March 2021
Rory Cellan-Jones
BBC Technology Correspondent

“A shocking number of kids in the UK don’t have meaningful connectivity…It should be a much higher priority of both businesses and government.” The creator of the web argues coronavirus has highlighted the importance of internet connectivity as a basic right.

“It’s clear that Covid-19 served as a test of the resilience of our digital infrastructure – and revealed that we need to invest a huge amount to prepare it for the future. In 2020 alone, almost $400 billion was spent on new digital infrastructure – across fibre, data centres and wireless networks. We will need to spend that amount – and more – every year to prepare our digital infrastructure to meet the demands for the future.” Comments Triple Point’s Andre Karihaloo.

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