This week, the government says broadband in the UK is among the best in Europe, but surveys show that schools and small businesses are still suffering from slower speeds.
UK broadband “among best In Europe”, says Culture Secretary
The government’s £1bn investment in the UK’s broadband network has helped it to become one of the fastest and most extensive amongst the major European nations, the Culture Secretary has said.
Sajid Javid hailed the expansion of the superfast broadband network, which he said is “reaching every corner of our country” and is set to reach 95% of the population by 2017.
However, Javid was keen to stress that the UK should not rest upon its laurels when it comes to having an expanding superfast infrastructure, as it still falls far short of the traditionally forward-thinking Asian nations.
Half of schools’ broadband fails to make the grade
More than half of UK schools have inadequate Wi-Fi and broadband, according to research by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).
The survey found 42% of primary schools and 31% of secondary schools were unhappy overall with the broadband they're able to offer pupils. Some 65% of state primary schools and 54% of state secondary schools would consider themselves "under-resourced" when it comes to Wi-Fi connectivity, according to the research.
CAB: Poor broadband services are costing small firms business
A study of 2,000 small firms by the Citizens Advice Bureau has revealed that, over the past 12 months, some 30% of small businesses have experienced problems with their phone and broadband services.
The research also found that almost a quarter of all small businesses have complained to their ISP about service problems.
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