For thousands of people living with sight loss, not being able to get online and access the huge range of benefits that comes with it, is a daily reality. Whilst we must respect the fact that some people simply do not want to be online, we know that four in five older blind people say their sight loss is the reason why they are not. It does not have to be this way.
This is a key time for the internet, and for the World Wide Web that offers its most popular method of navigation... We have the opportunity to reconfirm and solidify the web's founding principles of openness, accessibility and global information sharing. A Digital Magna Carta is a good place to start.
Some people in the furthest reaches of the UK are being left behind in the race for a digital Britain. They are missing out on the advantages that a reliable internet connection brings, such as ability to compare prices on household bills and find cheaper products, combat isolation and access vital services online.
We need to be planning now for the next generation of ultra-fast broadband and mobile network to ensure London can be a Capital city which maximises the opportunities from ever increasing demand for content on demand and on the go through to the prospects of an Internet of Things, connecting everything including the kitchen sink to the web.
So you want to buy a bundle of services? No? Why not? It must be a good deal because everyone's bundling these days. Amazon does it. So does Sky TV. And your broadband provider, your bank, your credit card and insurance companies, even fast food restaurants bundle services because they know what's best for you.