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The UK's rural population is falling further behind the towns and cities on broadband coverage and quality, a new report has indicated.

Research conducted by Point Topic has indicated that the pace of broadband development in urban areas is continuing to outpace that in the countryside, widening the UK digital divide.

As such, Chief Analyst Tim Johnson said plans to make Britain's broadband the best in Europe are "in danger of stalling".

"Our analysis of the rural-urban digital divide doesn't paint a rosy picture," he commented.

"The higher speeds which people will expect and need in future will simply not be available in the countryside unless radical action is taken."

Point Topic used its database of UK broadband geography to calculate the percentage coverage of six different measures of broadband infrastructure, area by area.

Rural areas were found to lag well behind urban centres on every one, with the difference set to widen over the coming years as the 2Mb universal service commitment target becomes increasingly obsolete. 

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