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Rural internet users want faster broadband speeds for homeworking

The Telegraph reports on the increasing numbers of internet users who are attempting to change to faster providers due to outages caused while people are working from home during the lockdown

Uswitch, the broadband comparison site, said it had registered a 10 per cent rise in people searching for faster suppliers since the restrictions came in.

On Wednesday, a government adviser urged ministers to consider increasing the £5 billion announced in the Budget to upgrade rural broadband and look to improve the overall network, so as to make working from home more attractive to people after the pandemic.

The development comes as more than 40,000 Virgin customers were hit by an outage this week, leaving people struggling to hold work meetings online.

Meanwhile, ISPreview cover news that Broadband for the Rural North is currently working with volunteers to help build a new gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Home network across rural parts of England. The telecoms company has confirmed that it is now making a 10Gbps broadband package available to ‘everyone who wants it’.

Full articles:

The Daily Telegraph, Print, 30 April, page 9

ISPreview - Rural UK FTTH ISP B4RN Launches 10Gbps Home Broadband

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