In response to the activity regarding rural broadband schemes, satellite broadband provider Europasat have conducted research to find out the opinions of UK rural residents in regards to the state of the broadband they receive, how it affects their area, plus their opinion towards government schemes.
Some of the results are:
- Over a quarter (28%) of the rural UK population are unhappy with the broadband that they’re currently receiving.
- Over a third of the rural UK population claim that their broadband isn’t fast enough for them to browse the web effectively.
- 36% of rural residents feel that the government have let them down when it comes to broadband services, compared to only 25% who feel that the government have helped them achieve a better broadband service.
- A third of rural residents surveyed have been promised a superfast broadband scheme from the government that they never received.
- 51% of rural residents claim to be unhappy about BT being given the monopoly over rural broadband. Only 23% see this as a positive thing.
- 31% of rural residents feel that the state of broadband in their area can affect their work in a negative way, and 34% state that they believe slow broadband in their area is having a detrimental effect on local businesses and trade in their area.
- Over a quarter of rural residents think that the broadband speed in their area would put off new residents moving there.
Residents of the rural parts of Leeds feel worst about their broadband services, 39% claiming to be unhappy with it while residents of the rural areas of Birmingham receive the slowest broadband, 48% claiming that it isn’t fast enough for them to browse the web effectively.
Citizens in the rural parts of Dublin feel the most let down by the government, a massive 53% claiming that they don’t feel the government have done enough for them. Dublin also houses the most rural residents that were promised a superfast broadband scheme from the government that they never received.
Slow broadband affects rural residents of Belfast the most, 51% saying that it affects both their work, and local businesses and trade in their area in a negative way.
Slow broadband speeds make Dublin the most undesirable place to live out of all UK areas, a huge 60% of residents say that new residents would be put off living there because of the extreme slow broadband issues.