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Don't believe BT's hype - on the indicators that matter, Britain remains stuck in the broadband slow lane. Plus why it pays to be square - ask Bill Gates

By Azeem Azhar   October 2004

The BT broadband scam BT has spent the summer trumpeting the news that all is well in the land of fat pipes, following its announcement that 99.6 per cent of the British population will have access to broadband by 2005. Much of the media, including the Economist, has bought this story. But the truth is that, mired in the molasses of monopoly, Britain’s development as a broadband society has been unnecessarily retarded and the potential gains in economic growth put off for many years. Far from being in the vanguard, we are lagging behind most of the other OECD nations.

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