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MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)

Worst broadband blackspots revealed

Greenmeadows Park in Gloucestershire has been revealed as the UK’s slowest residential street for broadband, according to a survey by USwitch.

The road, in the village of Bamfurlong, has an average download speed of just 0.14Mbps. In comparison, Abdon Avenue in Birmingham enjoys the fastest UK broadband with speeds of more than 265Mbps.

The survey revealed that 13 per cent of properties were unable to access speeds higher than 5Mbps in contrast to the UK average of 16.5Mbps.

The figures make clear that there is much work for the Government if it intends to fulfil the Universal Service Obligation in 2020, guaranteeing speeds of 10Mbps for every UK property.

Full articles:

→ Total Telecom - Britain's worst performing broadband blackspots revealed

→ The Guardian - Broadband too slow in more than a quarter of UK homes – report

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