Cromer in Norfolk has been named as one of the UK’s worst areas for internet speeds, which could significantly hamper firms there that rely on business broadband services.
According to the Eastern Daily Press, data rates have fallen by more than half since 2009 and only Poole in Dorset has seen a larger drop, in spite of improving speeds for Norfolk as a whole.
The decrease in broadband speeds has prompted local councillors to say the town is in danger of becoming a “backwater”.
“North Norfolk will not achieve its potential between 2011 now and 2025, where we look at what type of society we would like to build, unless we can actually change our whole society through fast broadband coverage,” the newspaper reports North Norfolk District Council’s economic development manager Robin Smith as saying.
Meanwhile, telecoms regulator Ofcom recently announced that it is to free up the 2G spectrum for 3G services, improving business mobile provision around the country.