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Calls for government action on UK’s digital divide

Without government action in 2019 the UK risks a growing digital divide that leaves people and businesses behind, according to Matthew Fell, CBI chief UK policy director.

With firms chomping at the bit to upgrade the UK’s digital networks, better connectivity will help flexible workers, reduce costs and lay the foundation for companies to adopt 5G. But the government needs to act.

With Brexit sucking the oxygen out of priorities like this at home, the government needs to take practical steps this year to add billions to our economy, enable companies to adopt new technologies and close the productivity gap between London and the rest of the UK.

There’s a real risk that 2019 will be a year in which we overlook the rest of our economy....