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Broadband

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 5 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the answer by the Minister for Energy, E-commerce and Postal Services, Mr Stephen Timms, on 8 July 2004 (Official Report, Commons, col. 1005), what percentage of homes and businesses (a) have access to broadband and (b) are connected to broadband in (1) market towns and (2) rural villages.[HL3826]

Data are no longer collated on broadband availability and take-up by market town and rural villages.

The 2008 Ofcom Nations & Regions Communications Market report shows that over 99.99 per cent of households in urban areas and 99.92 per cent of households in rural areas were connected to a digital subscriber line (DSL) enabled BT exchange at the end of 2007. However, some of those households will not be able to receive broadband services for a variety of reasons, including distance from the exchange and the quality of the fixed network in their vicinity. BT says that over 99.6 per cent of its network is able to support broadband services.

The 2008 Ofcom Nations & Regions Communications Market report shows that household broadband take-up in rural areas (59 per cent) has now overtaken that in urban areas (57 per cent). More granular splits can be found in the full report, which can be accessed from Ofcom's website at www.ofcom.org.uk/research/cm/cmrnr08/.