Ofcom launches broadband map of the UK
Ofcom has created an interactive map of UK broadband, which initially appears to highlights just what a mixed bag of services you can expect. The data is plotted by authority, and allows the user to display by speed, take-up and availability.
Services appear to vary massively within a few miles; if you live in Brighton you're likely to have a super-charged broadband service, but head east and you may as well send postcards. Actually, the map may be a little misleading since all the sample areas vary in size and are displaying averages; a small, urban area is always likely to show better numbers compared to a large rural area. Smaller towns within a large rural area are likely to have access to better services but they'll be averaged out across the largely unpopulated region.
Still, while we expect the highlands of Scotland and Wales to be lacking in broadband capability, much of the east coast from Kent northwards also seems barren - but again, there'll be a distortion caused by the averaging out of services across large areas. Anyway, it's only Norwich after all, isn't it?