Rural areas still have awful broadband
Broadband news now, and people who live in rural areas are being shafted on broadband speed, still!
They're only getting a fifth of the typical advertised broadband speed, which is going to pile pressure on the advertisements that are being run by broadband providers.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has hit out against the speeds that are being advertised, saying that they don't represent a true reflection of what people in the country are getting.
Official government data shows that the slowest connection is in Na h-Eileanan an Iar in Scotland, who get a fixed broadband speed of 5.6 Mb/s, which is less than fifth of the typical (up to) 30 Mb/s speeds which you see in adverts from ISPs.
Following them are Argyll and Bute (8.5 Mb/s) and Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (8.8 Mb/s).
If you live in Great Grimsby, you're getting a top speed of 46.8 Mb/s, and that allows providers to show that in their adverts, which will be a kick in the teeth if you're getting your internet from a drip.
Imagine living in a rural area with a crappy connection, trying to watch Netflix at peak time, while everyone else is trying to use the internet as well.
If the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) manages to change the rules around broadband adverts, then we should see a more accurate reflection of what speeds we can get, rather than looking at what the top 10% receive.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the LGA's People and Places Board, said: "Councils are working hard to ensure everyone has good quality internet access."
"The headline 'up to' download speed, which can be advertised legally, is misleading and does not reflect the reality of broadband service received across the country."
"Broadband users deserve greater honesty and openness about the download and upload speeds they are likely to receive depending on their location."