Broadband ‘notspots’ for three million

Research released today has shown three million people to be in broadband ‘notspots,’ receiving less than 2MB speeds.


Three million homes in the UK receive less than 2MB broadband, according to a report released today.

The research, conducted by broadband website SamKnows and commissioned by the BBC highlights the task ahead for the Government's Digital Britain project which plans to have all homes in the UK receiving a minimum of 2MB broadband by 2012.

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The results show that regions with insufficient broadband, or so-called "notspots", are not confined to rural areas, with built up urban environments suffering as well.

Alex Salter, co-founder of SamKnows, told the BBC: "We had assumed that these notspots were in remote parts of the countryside. That may be where the most vocal campaigners are but there is a high incident of them in commuter belts."

A map of the UK was created by the website through a comparison of postcodes to services provided by 5,500 telephone exchanges. This highlighted which areas received less than 2MB and even areas that received less than 0.5MB.

Salter said: "In some cases people aren't able to shop online, aren't able to view certain websites or use social media applications such as Facebook and Twitter."

"It prevents flexible working. If the problem is fixed it means a lot more people could work from home which offers a very real way to improve society."

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A spokesperson from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, responsible for the Digital Britain project, told IT PRO: "Broadband access is now a measure of fairness and equality - it's important we ensure that no communities are left behind as the UK benefits from the broad expanse of online information and services."

"That's why Budget 2009 confirmed the Government's plans to deliver a Universal Service in broadband at 2megabits per second, by 2012."

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