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Fibre-optic broadband

The government should be investing in super-fast fibre-optic networks rather than committing billions to the construction of a high-speed rail line, it has been claimed.

Writing for the Guardian, Charles Arthur described the HS2 plan as "a stupid waste of money", given the huge costs involved and the limited number of people who will benefit.

He argued that installing optical fibre would produce benefits nationwide, without pushing anyone out of their home.

"It would be the ultimate economic boost, but without any of the drawbacks, and with the advantage that most of the economic activity will be in rural areas, which need it more than over-served cities," Mr Arthur stated.

He said that once everyone has fibre broadband, or reasonable access to it, they can participate in some sort of economic activity all of the time.

"The absurd HS2 project should be killed right away," Mr Arthur claimed.

"Any money that the government was going to put into it should be diverted into a national fibre rollout with the aim of giving every household easy access to super-fast connectivity, which a range of different providers could vie for."

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