Owl says: it will drag down the “doubling of growth” our LEP promised us. But perhaps they mean in urban areas only.
“There has been a marked improvement in home broadband, according to an annual survey by the UK’s communications watchdog Ofcom.
It said that average fixed-line download speeds rose by 28% over the year to 46.2 megabits per second, while uploads gained by 44% to 6.2 Mbps.
It added that the typical household now consumed 190 gigabytes of data a month, in large part due to the use of Netflix and other streamed TV services.
But rural consumers still lag behind.
in urban areas, 59% of connections delivered average speeds topping 30 Mbps over the 20:00-22:00 peak-time period – meeting the watchdog’s definition of “superfast” – while 17% were under 10 Mbps.
but in rural areas, only 23% of connections surpassed 30 Mbps over the same hours, while 53% were under 10 Mbps.
The regulator said the primary reasons for the discrepancy were less availability and reduced take-up of cable and fibre services in the countryside.
Later this month, internet service providers will be obliged to quote average peak-time speeds in their adverts and other promotional materials, rather than the “up to” figures that have been more common.”