UK Broadband: Modem life is rubbish
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that the UK's broadband target is not ambitious enough when compared to other nations, and is calling on the government to commit to delivering a minimum of 10Mbps (megabits per second) for all homes and businesses by 2018/19. Rising to 100Mbps by 2030.
The report indicated that:
- 94% of small business owners consider a reliable internet connection to be critical to the success of their business
- 45,000 UK small businesses are still on - bloody hell - dial-up speeds
- Only 15% of firms say they are very satisfied with their broadband provision.
The report also recommends the Government starts prioritising the delivery of fibre-optic broadband to new and existing business parks, and a reform of the broadband market.
However a spokeswoman from BT has suggested the picture was not as bad as the FSB had painted: "73% of UK premises can access fibre - including some businesses who say they can't in this report - and that should rise to 90% in under two years."
"Having said that, we know that many businesses are waiting for fibre and it may be they're prominent among the 4% of FSB members that replied to this survey. The good news is that fibre should reach the vast majority of that 4% in the coming months or next couple of years under existing plans."
BDUK, the group set up to spend £530m of government money allocated for rural broadband, came in for criticism for delays in distributing funds to councils and for awarding every contract to former monopoly BT.
And further shade was served by a Commons Public Accounts Committee report that concluded the government had "ripped off" taxpayers.
Hey. The Government ripping people off. That would be most unusual.