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Rural areas lead towns on broadband access

Ofcom suggests end of geographical digital divide

Ofcom claims Britain has succeeded in closing the geographical digital divide, reporting that rural households are now more likely to have a broadband connection than urban homes.

The communication regulator's regional communications market report shows that 59 percent of rural homes now have a high-speed connection, compared with 57 percent of urban homes.

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"Our report highlights a closing of the geographical digital divide in the UK. Rural households are today as well connected to broadband as their urban neighbours," claimed Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards.

As well as broadband access, Ofcom's report looked at the take-up of digital TV and mobile phones, and reported that Sunderland is the UK's most connected town. According to Ofcom's figures, 96 percent of households in Sunderland have access to digital TV, while 66 percent have a broadband connection. Glasgow has the lowest take-up of broadband in the UK at 32 percent.

Broadband top five

1. Sunderland 66%
2. Plymouth 64%
3. Aberdeen 64%
4. Highlands 62%
5. London 62%

Broadband bottom three

1. Glasgow 32%
2. Liverpool 40%
3. Manchester 44%

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