Government ‘not taking super-fast broadband seriously’

The government is not taking the implementation of super-fast broadband in the UK seriously, it has been claimed.

According to Edd Dawson, editor of broadband.co.uk, the government has “no serious desire” to introduce the technology despite the recent revelation that the UK is lagging behind in terms of broadband speed. Recent data published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed that the UK is ranked 21st out of 30 for broadband delivery speed, below countries such as Spain, Greece and Portugal. UK broadband penetration was also found to be ranked 13th out of the 30 OECD members.

The figure comes despite most OECD subscribers still accessing broadband via Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) rather than via fibre optics, which are widely used throughout the UK. Mr Dawson added that the situation is unlikely to improve regardless of the outcome of the next general election. “I am not seeing any decent polices from any of the political parties at the moment over what will happen and I think we are going to get left behind,” he said

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