Broadband Gap Between Rural And Urban Areas Growing

The difference in broadband and mobile coverage in urban towns and rural areas in the UK continues to worsen, with the connectivity gap growing.

This has been concluded in a report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, which states the divide is getting more exaggerated instead of improving.

Neil Parish MP and chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said: “Despite improvements in coverage since our predecessor’s report, our inquiry has shown that poor broadband and mobile data services continue to marginalise rural communities, particularly those living in hard-to-reach areas.”

While there have been improvements in rural broadband and mobile phone coverage over the last few years, this has “barely kept up with increasing demand”, the government report stated.

This means rural businesses are at a great disadvantage, as they are unable to engage with the public at the same frequency and speed as enterprises in better-connected areas.

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson has declared his intention to deliver full-fibre broadband universally by 2025.

However, those behind the report are sceptical over whether this will actually happen, with Mr Parish saying: “The Committee is not confident that the government has fully grasped the scale of the challenge currently faced.”

The BBC previously reported that only seven per cent of British homes currently have full-fibre broadband, according to figures from Ofcom.

A spokesperson for BT’s Openreach also told the news provider a project of this scale “isn’t quick or easy” and will require around £30 billion.

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