Broadband Speeds

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Ofcom's Advisory Committee for England will be revisiting an issue that continues to be unresolved: How fast must internet speeds be to meet our needs in Britain?

We know there are discrepancies in speed of networks within Britain, such as between deep rural and urban areas.

These are relatively straightforward to discuss on such criteria as equity, and efforts to enable rural areas to develop a digital economy, and not disadvantage businesses, such as B&Bs in rural areas, where the lack of broadband connections can undermine their viability.

Expect the unexpected and plan for it...
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There has been considerable press coverage on the quality and competitiveness of broadband communication infrastructures in England and the UK as a whole.

See: The Register

ACE will ask for an up-date on this issue and ways in which regulation is tied into the issues being raised. We'd welcome input from those with constructive suggestions on these issues.

There has been considerable press coverage on the quality and competitiveness of broadband communication infrastructures in England and the UK as a whole
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OFCOM NEWS

Ofcom has today published a report for the Government on the coverage, take-up, usage, price and choice of fixed and mobile broadband services in the UK, relative to other European countries.

The ‘European Broadband Scorecard’ was proposed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, to allow the Government to measure progress towards its ambition that the UK should have the best superfast broadband network of any major European country by 2015.

OFCOM NEWS
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Much press has been devoted to addressing the speed of broadband services to households: Do they live up to the advertised rates? Can consumers understand what they are buying and what speeds they actually receive? It is great that the Guardian and other papers are raising the salience of this issue, but I would like to add two points.

The next digital divide?
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The recent Ofcom Communications Market Report for Northern Ireland noted that:
 
  • Mobile phone use continues to increase with 92% of adults here using a mobile phone
Wallace Ewart, Chair of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland, argues that investment in mobile broadband is essential.
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