Rural resident labels broadband

A resident of rural Essex has hit out at the quality of his broadband service.

Speaking to the Harwich and Manningtree Standard, Andrew Killick of Tendring said his level of connectivity is "disgusting".

He told the newspaper his service, which is provided by Sky, rarely exceeds 0.7 Mbps, even though he pays one of the highest tariffs on offer as well as line rental.

Mr Killick added that other broadband providers in the area can only offer speeds of between one Mbps and three Mbps.

"However, they cannot guarantee the speed and whoever I go with, the speed would likely be the same," he added.

Mr Killick's problem is far from unique, as rural residents across the UK suffer with slow speeds that are well below those available in major towns and cities.

For example, a recent survey by the Teesdale Mercury found the average connection in the village of Hamsterley, County Durham is just 1.9 Mbps.