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Savills says rural areas still struggling with slow broadband

Monday, February 27th 2012 by Paul France
Slow broadband 'still hampering rural communities'

Unreliable and slow internet access is a problem in rural communities, Savills has said.

Many rural areas are still missing out on the benefits of fast and reliable broadband, according to real estate services provider Savills.

David Hill of the firm's country house consultancy department said several remote and isolated communities are stuck with speeds as low as 0.2Mbps, meaning they cannot take advantage of a wide array of online services.

Installing broadband cable to resolve the issue can be a costly process, particularly when the property is located some distance from the nearest exchange, he explained.

Furthermore, Mr Hill noted that urban broadband customers still take priority over those in rural areas due to the higher volume of users.

The Savills source recommended reviewing the location of the nearest super-fast broadband exchange and exploring ways in which this can be linked to.

"Satellite and other wireless technologies mean that it is not necessary to dig cables to the front door but some are not so reliable," he added.

His comments come just a matter of days after Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee told the Daily Telegraph that poor or non-existent broadband is a "major problem" for residents and businesses in rural communities.

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