Suggestions That UK Broadband Not Fit For Purpose

According to a business lobby group, UK Broadband is not fit for its purpose and a major government rethink is needed.

The FSB says that the UK's broadband target is not ambitious enough compared to other nations, and is calling on the internet to deliver a minimum of 10Mbps for all homes and businesses by 2018/19. It would like to see this rise to 1Gpbs by 2030.

An FSB report on the current state of UK broadband said: "If small businesses are to thrive and prosper and contribute to a growing economy, they need universal access to what is now considered the fourth utility."

John Allen, chairman of the FSB said: "The fact that we have around 45,000 businesses still on dial-up is unacceptable and many more throughout the country, even in London, are receiving poor service.

"Evidence from our members show this clearly is a problem affecting all corners of the UK, rural areas and cities alike. While progress has been made with the residential market, businesses have not enjoyed the same benefits, which is holding back their growth."

The report found that 94% of small business owners consider a reliable internet connection to be critical to the success of their business. It also found that 45,000 UK small businesses are still on dial-up speeds.

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