Rural broadband: still a long way to go!
21 Jan 2004
'The Angry Caller' is the logo for my broadband campaign
The 2004 report from the Broadband Stakeholders Group (BSG) confirms that we have still a long way to go in securing broadband access for people and companies in our rural areas. The report shows a stark contrast in availability:
Urban areas: available to 99% of the population Suburban: 84% Market towns: 51% Rural villages: 16% Remote rural: 4%
Another revealing statistic from the BSG is that over 45% of UK households benefit from competition between ADSL and Cable; in rural areas we neither have nor can we expect such competition.
The BSG rightly concludes that reaching the Government's stated target of access for all by the end of 2005 will be difficult. I will continue to press Ministers on just how they expect this to be done.