Conservatives pledge to invest in a high-speed Internet network

INVESTING in a high-speed Internet network would open up a new global trade route for Britain, boosting economic recovery and creating thousands of jobs, the opposition Conservative party claimed yesterday.

The party plans to stimulate £29bn of private investment in the broadband network by opening up access to infrastructure currently dominated by BT and providing loans to encourage firms to improve high-speed broadband in rural areas.

“For Britain the Internet presents an opportunity that it doesn’t present for any other country in Europe,” said Conservative culture spokesman Jeremy Hunt. “We are one of the best countries in the world at the creation of digital content ... the Internet effectivly opens up a new global trade route.”