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Quocirca says many firms still stuck with slow broadband
Many businesses are unable to access high-speed broadband, Quocirca has warned.Access to quality broadband is still a problem for many firms, according to business and IT analyst Quocirca.
Speaking to IT Pro, the organisation's principal analyst Rob Bamforth said connecting to high-speed broadband in remote communities is not just a challenge for consumers.
Plenty of businesses are located beyond the reach of fibre optic broadband networks, he explained, with petrol stations, shops and new building sites among those affected by the issue.
This is a concern, given that these firms "increasingly need fast connection to other parts of the business for dynamic updates, sharing data and perhaps also for advertising and video feeds", Mr Bamforth commented.
Rural rights group the Country Land and Business Association has previously warned that the government may fail in its attempt to bring minimum speeds of 2Mbps to every home and business in the UK by the end of 2015.
The organisation argued that the digital divide between urban and rural areas is being prolonged by an over-reliance on fibre optic broadband and a slow funding process.