Millions of Britons left in slow lane as Virgin broadband shows up web divide

It is the digital dream: an internet service fast enough to download a film in seconds. However, it remains an aspiration, rather than a reality, for millions of online customers as Britain becomes increasingly divided by access to broadband.Yesterday Virgin Media announced what it claims is Britain’s fastest broadband internet service. Its 50Mb per second connection provides nearly nine times the speed of the average broadband service, and can download a television show in a minute, and an entire film in no more time than it takes to listen to a pop song.

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