Digital exclusion is a significant issue in the UK, with many individuals and communities lacking access to the internet and broadband technology they need in today’s increasingly digital world.
This can have serious consequences for their ability to participate in the digital economy, access online services, and stay connected with others.
Digital exclusion in the UK
Many factors contribute to digital exclusion in the UK, including economic hardship, lack of education, and geographical isolation.
For example, individuals living in low-income households are more likely to lack access to the internet and technology, as they may not be able to afford the necessary equipment and services.
Similarly, individuals who lack basic digital skills or do not have access to digital literacy training may find it challenging to navigate the online world.
Geographical isolation is another factor, as some towns and suburbs don’t have high-speed internet infrastructure.
The elderly and disabled people are also at risk of digital exclusion. They can often struggle using digital devices and may require additional support to access the internet.
What is the UK government doing about digital exclusion?
The UK government has taken steps to address digital exclusion, such as providing funding for digital literacy training and expanding access to high-speed internet in rural areas.
6G Internet and digital inclusion
Independent broadband providers like 6G Internet are helping with digital inclusion in the UK by providing more market competition and alternative internet access options.
We’re offering more affordable prices and better services to consumers, particularly in areas that may have been previously underserved by larger, mainstream providers.
We’re supporting digital inclusion in other ways, too. At 6G Internet, we give away 20% of our network to local charities, schools, and families experiencing economic hardship.
We call it the “Internet for everyone” campaign.
“In an increasingly digital world, it’s absolutely vital for everybody to be able to take advantage of the many benefits offered by the internet. Unfortunately, there are still significant barriers to some people getting online at home,” says Tara Murray, the 6G Internet for everyone coordinator.
“We want to help change this; this is why we’re working with local organisations to tackle the digital divide by giving free broadband connections to those who otherwise wouldn’t have access.”
So wherever we build, local residents will always have an internet connection they can use.
Digital exclusion is a significant issue in the UK that affects many individuals and communities. It is essential that steps are taken to address this issue. But by working together, we can ensure that everyone in the UK has the opportunity to participate in the digital economy and stay connected with the world.