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Poor broadband access 'impacting rural businesses'

Thursday, August 23rd 2012 by Paul France
Rural business suffering due to slow connections

A Freelancer.co.uk survey has shown that poor broadband connections are causing rural businesses to suffer.

Smaller rural companies are struggling to make their businesses successful due to poor broadband coverage in their local areas.

This is according to a new survey by Freelancer.co.uk, which has revealed that 57 per cent of small to medium-sized enterprises in the UK are seeing negative consequences due to their bad internet connections.

Furthermore, 65 per cent of those polled believe Britain is still affected by a rural/urban connectivity divide, leaving countryside areas unable to make full use of new avenues such as ecommerce and cloud computing.

According to the report, small businesses are also concerned that the government's focus on improving speed rather than coverage will mean this gap will not be bridged.

Matt Barrie, chief executive officer of Freelancer.co.uk, said: "It shouldn't be easier for someone in London to have a business Skype call with someone in Pakistan than with someone in Halesworth in Suffolk."

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt justified the government's focus on speed upgrades earlier this week by noting that the need for bandwidth among British web users is increasing "exponentially".

Comments (1)

Tavistock Superfast Broadband
23rd August 2012

There are plenty of rural businesses in West Devon that are affected by slow broadband. While Connecting Devon & Somerset and BDUK monies may bring about improvement via funding by May 2015 (General Election). This will not assist the largest town Tavistock that is outside any funding or on any roll-out plan to date.

Contained within this town are businesses struggling to better themselves and use the benefits of superfast.

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