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Take PC Advisor's broadband speed test

Ofcom's report this morning claims there's no longer a geographical digital divide in broadband access, with rural areas apparently overtaking towns when it comes to high-speed connections to the home. But the top-line stats don't tell the whole story.

Realistically, you're far more likely to enjoy the best broadband can offer if you live in an urban area – ADSL speeds are largely determined by the distance between your house and the telephone exchange. Homes in towns and cities are less likely to be several miles from the telephone exchange than those in the countryside, so if you live in a rural area you're highly unlikely at get anywhere near the top-end download speeds ISPs shout about in their adverts.

Check the speed of your broadband connection using PC Advisor's new broadband speed checker, and let us know whether you're getting what you thought you were paying for.

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