Morning!!! how was your weekend
Todays gripe is our crappy broadband...
More than a million people in the UK now have superfast broadband speeds, according to the government. 1 million down, 60 million to go...
It said it remained "firmly on track" to roll out high-speed internet to 95% of UK homes and businesses by 2017 but we are quite surprised that will be achievable as we are not particularly rural in Maulden and we have no chance of 'fibre' and are currently running at 1.6mb
The government also said its rural programme would deliver returns of £20 for every £1 invested, representing "tremendous value for money".
But many have questioned the quality of access across the UK, and whether speeds are really that fast.
For businesses, superfast speeds are boosting profits through increased sales, reduced overheads and accessing markets abroad for the first time. - we say - too little too soon and just Not good enough
Superfast broadband is defined by the European Union as speeds of 24Mbps or above.
personally in Flitwick I have broadband that can achieve 33mbs meeting the governments 24Mbps target but it has been as low as 20Mbs in busy periods
The UK government's ambition is to provide 95% of the UK with those speeds or higher by 2017, with the rest having a minimum speed of 2Mbps.
There are far too many homes and businesses in both rural and urban areas that won't see any benefit for some years to come
By contrast, Finland plans to have a baseline speed that is more than four times faster - 100Mbps - by next year, while South Korea wants to see citizens equipped with 1Gbps connections by 2017.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said that the UK's broadband target is simply not ambitious enough when compared with other nations and wants the government to commit to delivering a minimum of 10Mbps for all homes and businesses by 2018-19.
There is still a long way to go
as a Small businesses we are increasingly reliant on digital services, but are without decent broadband.