UK could suffer economicaly and socially with ‘poor broadband’

Britain risks falling behind Europe and the rest of the world socially and economically because of poor broadband internet connection speeds, according to a new study, writes Claudine Beaumont.Connection speeds in the UK, Spain and Italy fall just below the level of performance needed to deliver a good online user experience, said a team from the University of Oxford.The researchers warned that future generations of web applications, such as web-based television and streaming of high-definition videos, will rely on high-speed, stable broadband internet connections, and that failure to upgrade existing networks could lead to significant disadvantages.

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