Broadband good for your health?

The benefits of broadband have been set out in a new report on the positive impact internet access can have on our health and wellbeing.

Having access to broadband is good for our health and has wide-ranging benefits in areas such as learning and employment, according to a government report.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport looked at the social, economic and environmental impacts of the UK's investment in broadband.

As part of a plan to give Britain the "best broadband in Europe" by 2015, the government will spend £530million delivering superfast broadband to 90% of the country.

According to the report, access to better broadband has a "material positive impact" on most aspects of British life and helps boost the UK's international reputation.

"Broadband has clearly had far-reaching social impacts in areas such as communication," it says, listing further examples including entertainment, learning, health and employment.

It highlights the rise in people who are able to work from home as one major benefit of wider broadband access, as well as the internet's potential to help us save paper and reduce carbon emissions.

The report's overall summary was that government investment in better broadband promotes "high levels of wellbeing" in the UK.

A nationwide roll-out of fibre optic is currently underway and is expected to bring superfast connections to at least 90% of the country by the end of 2015.

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