Ofcom crows about Britain's awful broadband speed
Ofcom have compiled a scorecard for Britain's frankly lousy broadband speed, which conveniently misses out loads of countries in a bid to make us look better. Pretty sad really.
After the Coalition Government boasted about Britain having the fastest internet in Europe, even they're cottoning on to the idea that we're not going to be making any waves before their 2015 target. However, Ofcom's report has juggled the stats in a move to give us false hope.
This all stems from former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt - now killing the NHS and still not being made accountable for the BSkyB debacle that he oversaw - who said that it was the government's "ambition to have Europe's best superfast broadband by 2015."
And so, with this looking increasingly unlikely and, indeed, Hunt making excuses long before being promoted by Cameron, Ofcom have now put out a scorecard which compares the UK's broadband developments with France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Ofcom said it made sense to only compare ourselves to this big four, saying: "The factors that affect the development of broadband networks, such as geography, population size and density and legacy infrastructure, differ significantly between the 27 EU Member States. For this reason we consider it more appropriate to compare the UK's broadband network with those in other major European economies than with those in all EU27 countries."
While this may make some sense, the fact is, the angle being played out is that we're the fifth best in Europe, even though Holland, Ireland, Latvia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Romania, Belgium and Austria all have faster broadband than Britain.
By siding with 'major economies', Britain looks to be performing well, but let us be honest here, Britons would hope that we'd be doing better than Finland, which is made entirely out of snow and goblins. Worldwide, Britain is flagging behind Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, which means that, basically, we've got one of the crappest internet connections in the world.