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VIDEO Rural UK Farmer Explains Why Good Broadband Access Matters

Posted: 11th Oct, 2010 By: MarkJ
rural uk broadband farmerThe ability to access a good broadband internet connection is vital for the vast majority of people in the UK. Sadly the Digital Revolution still hasn't reached everybody and many areas continue to exist with either very poor access or no connection at all.

Today the communications landscape has changed, almost beyond recognition, and even the government demands that many tasks are performed online. Ironically some of the worst affected by this are those forced to live with the realities of a Digital Divide everyday.

Now a rural farmer and active campaigner for better broadband in the UK, Christine (aka - cyberdoyle in Lancashire), has released a new video to help explain why modern digital technology is so important to both her, the farm and her family.


The revolution in Next Generation Access (NGA) solutions, with a few notable exceptions, is unlikely to reach such isolated locations for several years and some fear that it may never arrive. At present the government hopes to make a minimum broadband download speed of 2Mbps available to everybody in the UK by 2015 (Universal Service Commitment).

However this USC fails to consider several crucial factors, such as the need for reasonable upload speeds, flexibility (usage allowances), latency or even affordability; so as to avoid isolating low income groups.

The coalition government aims to detail its plan before Christmas, although there is increasing concern that any weaknesses with the USC and fibre optic line taxation will not be properly addressed.
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