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Carnegie UK Trust calls for action over low Glasgow broadband uptake

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 by Paul France
Carnegie UK Trust issues warning over low broadband uptake in Glasgow

Glasgow is in danger of becoming digitally excluded if broadband take-up does not improve, according to a new report.

A leading UK charity has called for efforts to be made to boost broadband take-up in Glasgow, which has the lowest proportion of home internet users of any British city.

The Carnegie UK Trust released a new report that shows broadband penetration in the city is below average across all demographic groups, reports the Herald Scotland.

Furthermore, the non-profit organisation warned that without action, continued exclusion from online access would widen the inequalities that currently exist in Glasgow.

Only 60 per cent of residents have some form of home internet connection, the study found, while just 57 per cent of those without access said they are keen to get online in the future.

The publication comes as the Department for Work and Pensions moves towards a 'digital by default' position, under which all claims will have to be made via the web.

Douglas White, senior policy officer for the Carnegie UK Trust, said many people have proffered opinions about why broadband take-up in Glasgow is so poor.

"Suggestions put forward in the past have included a 'cultural antipathy' to the internet amongst Glaswegians," he explained.

"However, the root causes of the very low uptake of broadband in Glasgow have never been fully researched before."

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