3 Million UK Households Hit By Slow Broadband Connectivity

A recent research commissioned by the BBC has revealed that as many as three million households in UK are receiving broadband speeds lower than 2Mbps.

The research, carried out by the broadband information website SamKnows, showed that the so-called “notspots” are not only restricted to rural communities, with parts of suburban regions and even some streets in major towns are getting slow broadband speeds.

The study further went on to suggest that households within the radius of four kilometres are getting good broadband speeds, and the situation is shaky beyond that limit; for instance, around half of the residences in Basingstoke receive broadband speeds of even less than 1Mbps, as their telephone lines are six kilometres from telephone exchange.

Highlighting the slower broadband speeds in suburban regions as well as major towns, the co-founder of SamKnows Alex Falter said, “We had assumed that these notspots were in remote parts of the countryside. That may be where the most vocal campaigners are but there is a high incidence of them in commuter belts”.

Furthermore, the research also offers an insight into the regions where the government needs to reach out to and provide faster 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012, as enunciated in Digital Britain report.

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Our Comments

It is totally unacceptable that so many people are left with subpar broadband connection. 3 million households represents approximately 14 percent of the total number of households in the UK. The government could possibly try to subsidise the cost of connecting the "low-hanging" UK households in the lot; that could possibly include the Basingstoke lot.

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