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June 24, 2009

Rural Britain needs faster broadband


by David Allen

Immediate action is needed to make sure that the rural areas of the UK are not left out of the loop when it comes to rolling out next generation broadband services, according to a report by the Commission for Rural Communities (CRC).

The CRC has made several recommendations to make sure that households and small businesses in remote areas are given help in establishing community broadband schemes.

In order for this to work, the CRC is calling for alternative investment plans to be looked into, so that the latest broadband technology is rolled out to these areas and not just within the cities and towns of the UK.

The Digital Britain report sets out plans for a minimum level of service throughout the UK, but the CRC is worried that once 2 Mbps is reached, the development will stop there, creating another digital divide.

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