Rural areas 'broadband losers'
PUBLISHED: 13:31 05 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 28 March 2014
DECEMBER 2007: People living in rural parts of the country have much less choice of
broadband providers, are likely to get slower speeds and pay a
different price, according to research.
Ian Fogg, an analyst with Jupiter Research, says there is going to have to be an acceptance that broadband will be faster in the cities and the model of equal access will have to be adapted.
“Fibre costs such a fortune to roll out that it may take decades to get to ubiquitous coverage in rural areas,” he said.
2008 sees the roll-out of the next generation of ADSL, with speeds of up to 24Mbps – but speeds will still depend on how far away you are from the exchange.