A report by the Carnegie UK Trust has revealed that Glasgow’s broadband take-up has been lower than the UK’s average and the city has a low number of people who are using the internet at home compared to other major UK cities. The report recommends that Glasgow encourage digital take-up and makes suggestions for ways in which this can be done, such as setting up of a digital participation fund.
For instance, the report found that 47% of skilled manual workers accessed the internet at home in Glasgow, much lower than the national average of 72%.
Furthermore, out of the 60% of Glaswegians who are online at home, only 57% said they would go online in the future.
According to Douglas White, senior policy officer for the Carnegie UK Trust: “The disadvantages, both social and financial, of not being online are clear and we hope the report will bring together those organisations with a vested interest in getting Glaswegians online in order to work on a solution based on our findings.”
Earlier this year, Glasgow was awarded a GBP 24 million government grant to become a ‘smart city’.
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