Government response to digital poverty, job losses, and student hardship: A £21 million cut to its support
OECD Broadband Portal 2020) from December 2019 and shows where the UK lies in the international league table. The reliance on slower copper wire DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) connections, that get slower when further from the exchange, is evident. This shows up in a comparison of average broadband speed capability across Western European countries shown in Figure 3 plotted from Cable UK data in ‘Worldwide broadband speed league 2020’.
‘The Top 43 Fastest UK Universities for Broadband Speeds Ranked’. The UK government cannot afford to be complacent.
Mike Larkin, retired from Queen's University Belfast after 37 years teaching Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics. He has served on the Senate and Finance and planning committee of a Russell Group University.