‘Digital Britain’ requests consumer aid

29 May 2009

So in January, Lord Carter and his Digital Britain report explains that the government wants to provide the country with a minimum broadband speed of 2Mbps by 2012. Even given this will mean a metric tonne more crud to deal with in your Facebook and Twitter streams, it’s an honourable ambition.

Thusly, the brilliantly-named “Report a not-spot” scheme has been set up, where citizens may register the fact their broadband can or can’t download a GB of porn, junk mails and vapid crap off YouTube within acceptable limits.

"We aim to expose the true extent of this problem with Broadband Notspot and help consumers get together and co-ordinate campaigns to make sure they are not left behind in Digital Britain," said Sebastien Lahtinen of Thinkbroadband.com.

Their scheme does rely on people not faking their broadband speeds or simply being too thick to understand the speed they’re getting, but so far the site seems to be working and identifying the millions of homes that need improvement.

[BBC News]

TOPICS:   Broadband   Technology

2 comments

  • MrRobin
    Does the report (yes I'm too lazy to read it) state anything about when these minimums should be acheivable? 24 hours a day? I can get lightning fast broadband at home at 3am on a Sunday for example but between about 7pm and 9pm on weekdays it crawls along.
  • Tom P.
    @ MrRobin It must be the contention ratio on your network, and at peak times the speed will drop.

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