By Jonathan London on 5th February 2015

Freelancers to benefit from government connectivity infrastructure

Being a freelancer, one of the most important things to bear in mind is that you need to be constantly contactable throughout your working hours.

If you manage your business from a home office, having speedy internet access and mobile phone service is undoubtedly an imperative requirement that can make a significant difference to your success.

In a bid to help such issues, the government has published some information regarding publicly-owned digital infrastructure in order to boost connectivity, further promoting business growth.

Details of over 13,000 miles of such infrastructure were published in the interim landscape report along with details and suggestions as to how the networks could be improved and the steps that would be needed achieve this.

The report showed that if the existing infrastructure was used more efficiently, the government would be able to improve the access to high-speed broadband as well as identifying and addressing mobile phone not-spots more successfully.

In turn, this would mean that the government would be able to offer a much better connectivity service and workers, including freelancers who currently fall within such areas, would benefit from it and would improve their ability to earn.

This new report is certainly a step in the right direction given that the government spends over £1.5 billion of taxpayers’ money on connectivity. However, details on such infrastructure has never been published before. In fact, the information was never even held until now.

Last month we reported that The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) had called on the government to focus on creating better connections for freelancers, which included improving access to workhubs, 4G coverage and broadband.

Simon McVicker, director of policy and external affairs at IPSE, said: Across large swathes of the UK, broadband and mobile coverage is still incredibly patchy. To cement the UK as one of the world’s leading knowledge based economies, government must commit to 100% broadband access by 2020, with a commitment to a maximum ratio between the fastest and slowest speeds to address the urban/rural divide.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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