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Over one Million Homes and Businesses Lack 'Decent' Broadban

Over one Million Homes and Businesses Lack 'Decent' Broadban

More than one million homes and businesses still cannot access a broadband connection capable of delivering a service of 10Mbps or higher.

The telecoms regulator said it was concerned that about 1.1 million residential and commercial premises – 4% of all properties in the UK – could not access a 10Mbps service, which it currently defines as the minimum necessary to enjoy all that a fast connection can offer.

According to Ofcom’s statistics, this figure has fallen from 1.6 million premises last year and once again the divide between urban and rural areas of Britain was stark, with 17% of rural properties lacking a decent service, versus just 2% in towns and cities.

Ofcom CTO, Steve Unger, said: “Broadband coverage is improving, but our findings show there is still urgent work required before people and businesses get the services they need.

“Everyone should have good access to the internet, wherever they live and work. So we are supporting plans for universal broadband, and promoting investment in full-fibre technology that can provide ultrafast, reliable connections.”

Ofcom reiterated its support for the government’s plans to give everybody in the UK the right to request a 10Mbps service, with an upload speed of at least 1Mbps.

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