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Rural High Speed Broadband Popularity Shows That Digital Divide is a Fad

A new Ofcom report has highlighted the fact that rural areas in the UK are no longer being left behind by the wave of cheap broadband packages that have flooded the market lately.

59 percent of rural homes now have access to broadband while 57 percent in towns and cities in UK which means that rural areas, which were traditionally considered as being technologically behind, have now caught up with the rest of the country, four years after Ofcom found out that town dwellers were twice more likely to have access to broadband compared to villagers.

Ofcom's Chief Executive, Ed Richards added "Our report highlights a closing of the geographical digital divide in the UK. Rural households are today as well connected to broadband as their urban neighbours".

The most connected area in UK is Sunderland where two thirds of the homes are connected with Broadband; the most deprived areas are Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester, with the former having only a third of homes connected to broadband internet.

In numbers, this means that more than 14.25 million homes have broadband and 10.75 million are without either because they can't afford it or don't want to; only one percent of homes can't access any broadband connection.

The report also showed that 3G phone adoption is growing with mobile internet being one of the main reasons.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.