Published: 4th Oct 2018

With Leeds City Council recently trialling free internet coverage at two of its tower blocks, Chris Baldock, chairman of 6G Internet, argues that it should be a given for all social housing tenants. If there was ever a sliver of doubt about how essential the internet is to daily life for the majority of British citizens, it can be quickly addressed with a few simple facts: According to Ofcom, smartphone use has grown to such an extent that 78% of adults now own one, growing to 95% of 16-24 year olds. 74% of UK adults rely on the internet to keep them close to family and friends, with more than a third admitting that they feel ‘cut-off’ without access. But for low-income households – especially those in social housing, there is a serious risk of being left behind. According to the government’s digital inclusion strategy, approximately 37% of people without … (To read the full article, subscribe below)