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Education’s rural divide

Families in rural areas believe that slow broadband is damaging their children’s educational performance.

A recent report by NFU Mutual claims that one in three families in rural areas believe their connectivity to be beneath the standard required to access important, online educational resources.

If such statistics are accurate then this is yet another example of how rural communities are falling further...

14 · MAR ·20141

Can rural communities rely on a BT roll-out?

It was recently announced that BT have won further contracts by local councils to be responsible for additional rural broadband roll-outs, beginning with Oxfordshire and Dorset early next year.

Through BT being awarded this latest contract, it has reduced hope of niche operators delivering stronger and faster services in the area, such as FTTP rather than FTTC to businesses and households....

3 · DEC ·20130