Britain Promises Broadband Access For All
Culture Secretary Andy Burnham told lawmakers in the House of Commons: "We are developing plans to move towards an historic universal service commitment for broadband and digital services." We're forced to look all the way back to 1840 in order to find something similar for comparison, as that year universal service obligations were used to promise each Briton access to postal services. Of course, you could just peek back to 1984 when another USO was used to ensure every citizen had access to a phone, but at any rate, it's easy to see just how rare such a movement is.
A final report that outlines the unquestionably gigantic plan is expected to surface later this year, and you can bet that other nations will be peering over each and every page as they too ponder the eventual ubiquity of Internet in their own lands. Who knows -- maybe one day WiFi routers really will be as plentiful as CCTV cameras are in the UK.