Broadband in the world: UK rural broadband neglected by government
A House of Lords report claimed that government policies haven't focused enough on rural communities
One in seven British broadband users cannot get 2Mbps – regarded as the minimum modern usable service – the Government has promised that Britain will have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015, and that the entire country will also have access to 2Mbps by then as well. Some communities, in Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, have become so frustrated by Government policy that they have dug their own trenches for broadband cables.
Peers claim that closing the digital divide – between well-served urban consumers and rural communities who are often left with very poor broadband services – should be the Government’s over-riding priority. They say the concetration on speed has not been helpful when millions struggle with unusable services.
The report claims that Government is currently taking too centralised an approach: “Loosening the reins a little could very quickly have the effect of bringing enhanced broadband capacity to the final 10 per cent”.
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