The public believes the invention of broadband has had the greatest effect on everyday life.

Broadband voted greatest invention of 21st century

Broadband has been voted the greatest engineering innovation of the first decade of the third millennium, receiving about 53 per cent of votes in the latest public survey by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

No other invention has come any close to broadband in the IET poll, as the second coming most valued technologies - smartphones and satellite navigation - received only 10 per cent of votes each.

At the bottom of the list ended on demand television and android apps with approximately 1 per cent.

The survey, carried out by Ipsos Mori, asked 2,011 British individuals aged 16 to 75 years which 21st century invention they consider to have the greatest effect on the general public.

“Engineering and technology is everywhere. All of our most recent technology innovations are the result of engineering projects: social media, tablet computers, contactless payment technology are just a few examples,” Professor Will Stewart of the IET commented on the survey results.

“Not too long ago, superfast broadband was a future vision for a handful of engineers. Today it is available to almost three quarters of UK homes, enriching our lives and broadening our horizons in ways that we could only dream of until recently, and yet we all now take for granted,” he said.

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