Rural areas “need better broadband”

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A new report into broadband access shows the “dire” level of availability in rural areas, says Lib Dem leader Tim Farron.

 

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP said urgent action should be taken to improve poor availability of broadband in the countryside.

It follows the release of the first report from the British Infrastructure Group of MPs, which examines broadband coverage.

Called Broadbad, the document shows that Mr Farron’s Lake District constituency has among the slowest broadband speeds in the country.

With an average download speed of just 14.7 Mbps, it is 628th out of 650 constituencies when ranked in terms of average speeds.

Over 55% of broadband connections in the constituency are under 10 Mbps.

Ofcom, the regulatory body responsible for the telecoms sector, believe that a download speed of 10 Mbit/s is the minimum necessary for an “acceptable user experience”.

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