620,000 have slow broadband

Daily Mail - - City & Finance - By Matt Oliver

NEARLY 620,000 UK prop­er­ties still lack a de­cent broadband con­nec­tion, of­fi­cial fig­ures re­veal to­day.

The speeds re­ceived are so slow that fam­i­lies can­not en­joy nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties such as stream­ing mu­sic, down­load­ing films or watch­ing videos on Netflix, says Of­com.

Busi­ness groups say poor con­nec­tions also hurt the econ­omy be­cause it makes it far more dif­fi­cult for en­trepreneur­s to run busi­nesses from home.

The num­ber of prop­er­ties with­out a de­cent con­nec­tion – a down­load speed be­low 10megabits per sec­ond – has fallen by a third in a year but the reg­u­la­tor says this is still too high. It comes ahead of changes set to be in­tro­duced that will give fam­i­lies a le­gal right to bet­ter broadband. In 2020, those re­ceiv­ing down­load speeds of be­low 10 megabits can ask for a bet­ter con­nec­tion un­der a ‘uni­ver­sal ser­vice obli­ga­tion’.

In a re­port to­day, Of­com will say the num­ber of homes with­out de­cent con­nec­tions is 619,000, about 2pc of prop­er­ties, down from 925,000 a year ago. Of­com has been push­ing BT-owned Open­reach and other firms to im­prove cov­er­age, call­ing for cut­ting-edge fi­bre ca­bles to be rolled out.

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