Published: 8th Jan 2021

A cross-party group of MPs has warned a ‘litany’ of failures means business and homes in rural areas could be locked out of gigabit broadband for years to come. A new report by the public accounts committee has claimed 1.6 million UK premises, mainly in rural areas, cannot yet access superfast broadband speeds. It adds as the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) turns its attention to upgrading the UK’s broadband connectivity again, there is a risk that ‘rural areas will be left even further behind’. Last November’s Spending Review set a revised target of ensuring at least 85% coverage for gigabit (1000Mbps) broadband by 2025. According to the report, this is still a ‘challenging target’ and increases the risk that the very hardest to reach premises will be struggling with slow broadband for many years to come. ‘We are concerned that the Department has yet to make any … (To read the full article, subscribe below)