Rural broadband roll-out could take more time

Will we have the best broadband network by 2015?

Rural areas are still affected by broadband issues...but for how much more time?

While there has been much news of plans to bring broadband to rural areas, but experts say it will take longer than people are hoping for.

The government's strategy was to deliver "digital hubs" across the UK in order to have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015, with £50 million invested in a second wave of projects.

Chief executive of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), Antony Walker, said that the complications that beset introducing broadband into rural areas indicate it could take some time before it's implemented.

He said, "There's a lot of work going on, but it's complicated and there's a lot to learn still about what the best and most effective approaches will be. It's important to recognise that nobody's really done this before in terms of building out next-generation networks into challenging rural locations and therefore it takes time to work out how to get it right."

Labour MP Ian Lucas is trying to get the government to "pull its finger out" of pilot schemes.

However, according to Walker, the issue of rural broadband is "being taken very seriously".

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Via: Broadband Finder