Rural broadband: 'Faster speeds needed'

Rural parts of the country should get a faster minimum standard of broadband by law, according to campaigners.

Internet speeds are measured in megabits per second with 24Mbps or over considered "superfast".

The Country Landowners Association (CLA) says speeds of at least 10Mbps should be made available for everyone.

A project in Cornwall, funded by the EU, BT and Cornwall Council, aims to bring fibre broadband to the county and the Isles of Scilly.

Superfast Cornwall says it will offer 95% of properties faster speeds and that it is about to reach targets.

Nigel Ashcroft, programme director, said: "We have more superfast broadband available today than in London, [but] we have got to remember people who can't get it have very low speeds. It is really frustrating for them, especially if they are trying to run a business."

The government says it is committed to a universal service of 2Mbps by 2016.

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