Ofcom calls for joint plan to speed up business broadband

More than one in 10 small businesses are concerned about the provision of broadband services in Britain, prompting Ofcom to call for joint action between the industry and government. The telecoms watchdog found that one-fifth of smaller businesses are unhappy about the broadband speeds on offer, while they also have worse access to superfast broadband than residential users. Ofcom said that only 56% of small to medium-sized premises had access to superfast broadband, compared to about three-quarters of all UK premises. Even under plans to extend superfast broadband to 95%of the country, Ofcom expects that up to one-fifth of smaller firms will still lack access to the higher-speed internet lines. The regulator is recommending to the government that it should provide targets for business coverage, and push suppliers to provide better information for customers.


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