Satellite Internet for Rural Access/SIRA – first published 20/6/2012
I am working on a project called Satellite Internet for Rural Access (or SIRA). This project explores the impact that broadband (and a lack of) has for rural businesses in the UK. The project is founded on the philosophy that the rural economy not only needs but deserves access to broadband in order to compete with other businesses in the UK and worldwide.
This is a shame given that the Internet can be a means for those in rural areas to minimise the problems associated with living remotely. For example, those living rurally may be geographically remote from each other and subsequently important social and business networks. Broadband connectivity can help people to stay connected and participate in online social networks which may be relevant to them. Broadband connectivity allows people to work remotely – something which might improve the employment and educational prospects of many rural dwellers. The Internet also provides access to a wider range of goods and services for those who cannot normally access these due to remoteness – for example online food shopping via supermarkets which often deliver the goods to the customer’s door.