Rural areas getting just a fifth of advertised speeds

Rural broadband customers are only receiving a fifth of promised broadband speeds, it has emerged.

Rural broadband customers are only receiving a fifth of promised broadband speeds, it has emerged. 

House of Commons data shows that rural areas are, in the worst cases, only getting a fraction of the advertised speeds. 

Na h-Eileanan an Iar in Scotland, for example only received a fixed broadband speed of 5.6Mbps compared to the up to 30Mbps promised by providers.

The Local Government Alliance has called for a ban on “misleading” broadband speeds, claiming that those in remote locations won’t see anywhere near the advertised experience.

The LGA also said that peak times meant for even worse broadband speeds, with many receiving just 2Mbps during busy periods. 

As well as a call to change advertised download speeds, upload speeds have also been cited as a problem for rural areas. 

Council leaders say that upload speeds should be advertised alongside download speeds in order for customers to make a more informed decision. 

They claimed that the majority of people under 25 use uploading often, making it an important part of broadband services. 

Councillor Mark Hawthorne, of the LGA, said that councils were working to ensure that broadband was taken seriously in rural areas.

“Councils are working hard to ensure everyone has good quality internet access.

“Broadband users deserve greater honesty and openness about the download and upload speeds they are likely to receive depending on their location.”

Source: Telegraph

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