High-quality resilient digital infrastructure is crucial for economic growth as well as boosting productivity and competitiveness. Digital infrastructure helps connect people to each other, people to businesses, and businesses to markets, forming a foundation for economic activity and community prosperity. Digital connectivity is unlocking new and previously unimaginable ways of working, and is now essential to facilitate public services, including healthcare and education.
The coronavirus pandemic has made internet access an essential condition of continued growth. Digital connectivity has become critical to the functioning of an economy, alongside water, electricity and food supply networks, with reliable connectivity an essential element of the economic recovery process and a vital component to ensure better health and wellbeing, education and employment for residents.
The Tees Valley Digital Strategy sets out our high-level ambition for digital infrastructure:
We will ensure affordable, high-quality digital infrastructure connecting people to each other, people to businesses, and businesses to markets, forming a foundation for economic activity and community prosperity, enabling the development of digital technologies, digitisation of business and investment.