As one example of mobile broadband as digital leveller, the Irish government has announced a €223 million scheme to roll out services to the 10% of the population that currently have no access to broadband over the next 2 years. As the underserved are rural the lion's share of responsibility for connecting the unconnected will fall to mobile. The government has contracted 3 to provide HSDPA coverage at a cost of €19.99 per month. A small proportion of the population will also be connected by satellite.
With Keynesian economic theory once more to the fore in many European countries, I think we can expect a number of governments to pursue big ticket digital infrastructure projects and for many, mobile is the only realistic option.
Now I've got that out of the way, I'll return to my old cynical self.