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70% of people from the North West unaware of their consumer right to request decent broadband speeds

NEW research reveals that 71% of broadband users in the UK do not know they are entitled to demand access to broadband speeds of 10Mbps.

This comes at a time when 49% of people from the North West report they now have an increased reliance on their broadband since the Pandemic and 90% consider it as important as utilities such as gas, water, and electricity.

Across the UK for:- 16 to 44 year olds, social media is their most important use of broadband, whereas the rest of the population views email and video calls as the most important use of the internet.

The top 5 activities consumers from the North-West are most reliant on broadband for are as follows:-

Email and video calls.

Entertainment such as:- TV Streaming Services.

Social media.

Online shopping.

Life administration Online banking or paying utility bills.

The survey, conducted by 4G and 5G broadband provider National Broadband, forms part of its Entitledto10 campaign which aims to increase awareness of the Universal Service Obligation for Broadband (USO) amongst consumers and pressure the Government to increase its efforts to improve broadband services to the most digitally deprived.

Unfortunately, whilst giving consumers the right to demand decent broadband, the USO regularly fails to help those in more remote and rural areas. The current scheme only provides maximum per property funding of £3,400 towards the cost of building or upgrading any necessary network infrastructure. This means that those whose properties are harder to access are expected to fork out their own money to cover any excess involved in providing them with an improved connection, and those additional costs all too frequently run into the many tens of thousands of pounds.

When surveyed, 64% of respondents said they don't think the public should have to pay anything at all towards broadband infrastructure installation and 60% thought that the Government needed to do more when it comes to improving broadband speeds across the country.

With over 600,000 premises in the UK still unable to access decent broadband via a fixed line, National Broadband is calling for the Government to increase its support for alternative broadband solutions that can provide immediately improved broadband to those who are most digitally deprived in the UK and at a fraction of the cost of fibre.

If any UK consumers are struggling with their broadband speeds and unsure if they are receiving 10Mbps, National Broadband has provided an easy to use broadband speed test.

David Hennell, Business Development Director at National Broadband commented:- "There are still far too many people in homes across the country that are being left behind due a lack of access to decent broadband. The Government frequently talks a good game about levelling up and closing the Digital Divide, but too often fails to deliver. The current USO is a perfect case in point, as it all too frequently gives hope of an improved service to those suffering from shockingly slow broadband speeds and most in need hope of an improved service, but then leaves them facing astronomical costs to actually get better connectivity. We of course appreciate that in some locations installing fibre is unavoidably costly, but if the Government continues to ignore viable alternatives, then those most in need of improved broadband will carry on suffering. At National Broadband we're passionate about helping people get connected and experience the tremendous benefits that fast broadband can provide. Many of our existing customers were previously waiting on the promise of fibre or left dumbfounded after being quoted exorbitant prices for installation. We hope our Entitledto10 campaign can help spread awareness of both their consumer rights, but also the alternative solutions immediately available to people who are struggling with slow broadband."

For more information visit:- National-Broadband.Co.UK Ofcom Broadband and mobile coverage checker can also provide more information.

Live Cabaret show at Skies Lounge Southport

IT will be cocktails and cabaret o’clock at Skies..! This will be a fun night filled with Jazz, Musical, and Pop songs performed by new talents and rising stars of Liverpool John Moores University. Our special guests are 3 stunning Cabaret Girls:- Daniela Mel, Natalie Deakin and Zoë Andronikou, who are all in their final year of Masters in Musical Theatre, and who between them have already performed nationally to much acclaim. Come enjoy the music of different styles along with plenty of singing, performance, great food and fab drinks, all under one roof. The venue will have a full menu and a wide range of cocktails available on the night. Show starts at 8pm at the Town Center Venue:- Skies Lounge, 459 Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0AQ


Capacity is rather limited for this event, so please book as soon as you can. Tickets are sold in pairs. Please note, the night is for over 18’s only. Also, tables are fixed at 4 to a table, so if you want a table to yourself, you must get 4 tickets.

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