PM: Internet as vital as water and gas

Foreshadowing the publication of the ‘Digital Britain’ report, Prime Minister Gordon Brown described a fast Internet connection as “an essential service, as indispensable as electricity, gas and water”.

Writing in The Times, Brown said the digital revolution was changing lives beyond recognition and that investment now in the information and communications industries could underpin the UK’s emergence from recession to recovery and cement its position as a global economic powerhouse.

He expressed a determination for Britain's digital infrastructure to be world class. “For me, it is all part of building Britain's future beyond the difficult, short-term economic conditions,” he wrote. This included developing the next generation of communications networks - fixed, mobile and broadcast