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Judging by the response to this week's Big Question, having a home broadband connection is now the norm for IT professionals. And the result is backed up by a survey by web analysis firm Point Topic, which found there were 13.1 million UK broadband home and business connections at the end of 2006.
Broadband serves a key support role for many Computer Weekly readers. PC World's Dwight McCloughlin said, "I have broadband at home mainly for personal use, though when ill or doing additional work, it offers flexibility that was not there a couple of years ago.
"When it comes to a disaster recovery plan, I think broadband is a key tool that is underutilised."
Alan Marsh, IT manager at pharmaceuticals firm Allmi-Care, said having broadband at home means he can be at least 80% as effective when working from home as he can in the office. "For me it is not a replacement for going in to the office, but it is a very useful supplement," he said.
Another respondent summed it up, saying, "Having broadband at home gives me the flexibility to work remotely and securely."
Broadband may be essential, but it is not yet mature enough to take for granted, as Investec's Jason Ripper revealed. He has been waiting for his home broadband service to be activated since Christmas.
"Every time we ring them, they say 'we are working on it'. They are not working on anything. It's been so long since I have had broadband at home that I try not to think about it any more," he said.
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