27 March 2017
Unreliable broadband ‘hitting UK employers’
Unreliable broadband connections are holding back British business owners, a new report warns, with those in rural locations particularly affected.
According to the British Chambers of Commerce, poor broadband services are leading to reduced productivity and delays. It said that firms based in rural areas are twice as likely to have a poor connection, when compared to their peers in more urban regions.
Urgent action must now be taken to address this issue, the trade body said, with the group indicating that decent broadband remains "extremely important" to firms.
Its director-general, Adam Marshall, said it appears that the UK's digital infrastructure is still not fit for purpose.
He added: " Throughout the country, significant numbers of companies of every size and sector lack reliable internet connectivity - a basic requirement for businesses to operate efficiently in today's world.
"Unreliable connections stunt productivity, causing needless delays, costs and frustration. While businesses in every corner of the UK are affected, our research shows that it's rural areas and small businesses that are most likely to suffer."
The Government's Minister for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, said in response that by the close of this year, it is hoped that 95% of homes and businesses will be able to access super-fast broadband services.