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Rural areas at risk of entering ‘digital twilight zone’, LGA warns

A flexible national minimum standard of broadband speed is necessary to stop hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses from falling into a ‘digital twilight zone’, councils say.

The government has pledged to give everybody the legal right to request a broadband connection capable of delivering a minimum download speed of 10Mbps by 2020.

Describing this move as a ‘significant step’, the Local Government Association (LGA) warns that the fixed download speed of 10Mbps will quickly become outdated.

Instead, they say, a new minimum standard which is a percentage of average national speeds should be brought in, so when the national average of download speeds inevitably rises, the minimum standard will too.

The LGA has also called for clarification on whether the government will specify a minimum performance of other elements which make for a good quality…

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