Countryside Alliance wants govt to improve rural broadband

Friday 24 February 2012 | 09:07 CET | News
The Countryside Alliance in the UK is calling on local government to take action to improve rural broadband, reports The Telegraph. This comes after a new study by uSwitch.com showed that 1 in 4 Brits has download speeds of less than 4 Mbps. Sarah Lee, Head of Policy at the Countryside Alliance, told the paper that its members consistently complained about poor or non-existent internet connections. She said that local and central government should regard good broadband services as being just as important as a reliable gas, electricity or water supply.

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I applaud the work of the Countryside Alliance and uSwitch in raising awareness about broadband "not-spots" in rural areas of the UK. I work at Tooway, where we offer an alternative to wired broadband through satellite connections, offering high speed internet regardless of location. Satellite broadband, as well providing cost effective and immediate fast broadband coverage for individual homes and businesses in not-spots, can be used to facilitate connectivity to wi-fi and cellular GSM/3G networks. Using the latest satellite protocols and Ka band communications, satellite can provide an instant and virtually limitless broadband backhaul to hook up other wireless delivery methods where its too expensive to dig and lay fibre. A rich mixture of different technologies interacting together is going to be the only realistic way that the government can hit its own target of a universal 2Mbits/sec delivery to all homes and businesses. Tom Wheeler Director at Tooway Direct http://www.toowaydirect.com
Tom Wheeler @ 24/2/2012 - 12:28

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