Public prefers investment into broadband infrastructure over new airport capacity

Public wants superfast broadband over new airports

The general public see more need for superfast broadband in all UK households than increased airport capacity, a new survey reveals.

Out of the 2,011 British citizens aged 16-75 surveyed by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), 43 per cent believed that extending superfast broadband to all UK households would deliver more economic benefit than building new airport and airport runways.

Only 17 per cent of the survey’s respondents said that building new airports would help the UK economy while only 12 per cent said that building extra runways at existing airports would be beneficial.

“This survey clearly shows that the vast majority of the general public see little economic benefit in increasing capacity at our airports,” said Professor Will Stewart from the IET.

“The public have told us that supporting the e-economy by rolling out universal superfast broadband will have more economic benefits for the UK than more traditional infrastructure projects like increasing airport capacity or high speed rail.”

Only 16 per cent of the participants were in favour of the high speed rail project, expecting it would bring about jobs and improve economy. Construction of new nuclear power plants has been supported by 32 per cent of the participants.

The survey was conducted between 13 and 18 December.

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