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Rural Businesses Receive Vouchers To Boost Broadband

Rural Businesses Receive Vouchers To Boost Broadband

Rural small businesses will receive up to £3,000 worth of broadband vouchers in a new government initiative aimed at increasing connectivity in smaller areas. Expected to be announced at the next budget on March 8 2017, its hoped the move will benefit tens of thousands of businesses who are currently subjected to poor internet access and slow online speeds. Similar to a previous scheme that ceased in October 2015, the vouchers will be used as an incentive for broadband providers to step up their offering in affected areas, and its hoped firms will group together to maximize spend. It’s envisioned the move will help the government reach its goal of providing internet speeds of 10mbps to every UK citizen, as a legal right, by 2020. Just last January, it was revealed that slow broadband was t... »

Slow Broadband is Biggest Time Waster for Small Businesses

Slow Broadband is Biggest Time Waster for Small Businesses

Slow broadband speeds have become small business’ biggest time waster, a new report by Virgin Media Business has revealed. Surveying 1,000 small business decision makers, the report found that the average employee in a small firm loses 15 minutes every day due to poor internet online connections. While over half (57%) of small businesses say they now couldn’t function without the internet, slow connection speeds are now tied with customer service queries as having the biggest impact on work productivity queries. Over a third of businesses surveyed (34%) said they believe a faster internet connection would accelerate their growth overall. Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business, said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK’s economy but need the right tools and ... »

Most SMEs Unhappy with Broadband Speed

Most SMEs Unhappy with Broadband Speed

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Government to do more to improve Internet access for small firms after finding that more than half are unhappy with their connection. According to research by the FSB, 63 % of small firms are unhappy with the speed and reliability of their connection. As the Digital Economy Bill goes through parliament, the FSB has urged the Government to add measures to improve the speed and reliability of Internet access for small firms. The Bill includes requirements for telecoms watchdog Ofcom to assess the UK’s communications infrastructure every two years, including broadband access. FSB spokeswoman, Prue Watson, said that Ofcom needed to clamp down on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) whose broadband service was slower than they had pr... »