Does everyone in the UK have access to broadband?

Everybody has access to some sort of broadband. For instance satellite is available just about everywhere, and wireless technologies are available in a growing number of places. We have also been getting some good reports from people who have moved to mobile broadband. Some are achieving speeds of around 70 Mbps! This technology relies on a good mobile broadband connection so it is important to use the mobile coverage checkers available on mobile broadband supplier websites before committing. You can access a mobile broadband connection by subscribing to a data plan with your chosen mobile operator; this can usually be done using a mobile device, a dongle, or a 4G router.

When considering this option, it is important to take into consideration your data usage. Searching around for an unlimited data package can pay off, especially if you do a lot of streaming or playing videos on YouTube.

Everybody in the UK is covered by satellite broadband. This means that almost everybody could have access to broadband internet. Satellite broadband, however, is more expensive than fixed solutions and has limitations in its use which may make it unacceptable to certain businesses and households.

Wireless solutions are increasingly becoming available and affordable. These overcome many of the issues that may be faced with satellite installations, but do rely on line of sight to the local aerial.

Under Contract 1 BDUK has committed to make available over 2Mbps to all properties by 2016. This is through the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme that will cover the installation costs of broadband using alternative technologies such as wireless or satellite. If a community get together they could even pool their vouchers to get a new fibre cabinet installed. Rental and ongoing costs will fall to the user. Mobile connections are not eligible for the scheme.

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