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Rural broadband speeds are putting education at risk

Jan 20th 2017, 16:27 by

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The slow broadband that is present in some of Britain’s most remote rural areas is having a negative impact on children’s education as it means they’re unable to complete their homework properly.

A report compiled by Rural England found that they’re at a considerable disadvantage when compared to children who live in larger towns and cities because they can’t access online learning resources or carry out research for a project.

It’s also considerably more difficult for children who’re based in rural communities to travel to a public place, like a library or an internet café, which feature the resources they need to satisfactorily complete their homework.
“Children aren’t able to do huge chunks of the curriculum if they don’t have a decent connection,” said Matt Warman, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary group on broadband. “it’s very clear that some schools are better connected than others and that’s not fair in an education system that is meant to provide equal opportunities for all.”

Last month, another report from regulatory board Ofcom found that nearly a million households throughout rural Britain still don’t have access to what they term “decent” broadband, so a connection that is capable of reaching a speed of a least 10Mbps.

This revelation comes after the UK Government stated that every UK resident should have the legal right to request access to internet speeds of at least 10Mbps by 2020.

“It’s clear that the lack of infrastructure in rural areas, including broadband and mobile access, is blocking access to vital services across the board,” said Rachel Maskell, MP and Labour’s Shadow Secretary for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. “It’s yet more evidence that rural communities have been left behind by this Tory Government.”

Source: The Telegraph

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