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Small businesses need better broadband ; Internet

July 16, 2014

? SMALL businesses need better broadband if they are to compete, according to a new report.

The Federation of Small Businesses, which has 3,500 members across the Greater Bristol area, has called for the Government to be more ambitious in its targets to roll out high-speed broadband.

The organisation found that 94 per cent of small businesses viewed it as critical to their success but only 15 per cent were satisfied with their provision. Mark Owen, chairman of the FSB in the West of England, said improving broadband access to small businesses was vital to the local economy.

He said: "This nationwide report, coupled with a lot of stories we here from throughout our Gloucestershire and West of England region shows that this is a problem which is affecting city, town and rural areas alike.

"It is clear progress has been made with improving the broadband service to the residential market, but small businesses have not always enjoyed the same benefits which is clearly stopping them from growing and developing."

The current target is to provide 24Mbps access for 95 per cent of the population by 2017 and 2Mbps for the remaining five per cent. The FSB wants the slower speed upped to 10Mbps by 2018.

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Source: Bristol Evening Post (England)

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