|Hang on a minute, Reg, have you got a spare Mullard OC51?|
Householders are receiving less than half the the broadband speed they are paying for, according to an official report.Here the Telegraph publishes a map of broadband black spots. Being near Edinburgh, I fall into the 2-8Mbps band. My own connection is between 3 and 4 Mbps, and accordingly I suppose I should be grateful. It seems slow to me. And it is slow. Where do you think we are in the world rankings?
The average customer is now charged for a speed of up to 11.5 mbit/s, but receives just 5.2 mbit/s, Ofcom, the industry regulator found.
The unfortunately named Culture Secretary has outlined plans for expansion:
The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is today setting out the coalition government's broadband strategy, setting a tentative date of 2015 to bring super-fast fibre broadband to between 85% and 90% of the UK, with the private sector shouldering the bulk of the burden. (Microscope)
Apparently Mr Hunt is going to shave off £300 million from the TV licence fee to pay for it. Applause!
As to the answer to the question, where are we in the world rankings, we are 27th out of 201 countries. We are behind Romania and Lativia who enjoy average speeds of 6.3Mbps and way behind South Korea who get 12 megabits per second. Out of the 100 top cities, no city in Britain figures on the list. Umea in Sweden tops the list in Europe.
There is no doubt in my mind that being left behind in the broadband race is going to seriously impact on our economy and our whole way of life.
Mind you, perhaps school children should learn to read first.