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High-speed broadband is regarded as one of the most important facets of a newly-built community.

Residential housing developer Redrow carried out a survey to identify what people see as the key factors that go towards creating a community, ISPreview.co.uk reports.

Access to a local doctor's surgery came out on top, with 99.5 per cent citing this as a crucial feature.

High-speed broadband was ranked in second place, as 98.1 per cent flagged this up as being very important.

This put it ahead of the likes of open spaces and recreational ground, local shops, bus routes, a hospital and a post office.

Interestingly, high-speed broadband was identified as a key aspect of both urban and rural communities.

Some 99.4 per cent of respondents said it was crucial towards building a town or city, while 98.3 per cent said it would be a vital part of a village or hamlet.

Rob Macdiarmid, Group Sustainability Director at Redrow, commented: "The way we work is changing, with people increasingly needing and preferring to work remotely outside of the traditional office. 

"Working at home requires high-quality digital infrastructure to be in place and we are finding the integration of high-speed broadband into new communities is becoming increasingly important."

Ofcom recently reported a surge in the number of homes with superfast broadband connections over the last year.

According to the watchdog, around eight million homes - or 27 per cent - had average download speeds of 30Mbps or more a year ago. However, the figure now stands at 9.1 million - or 31 per cent. 

The average download speed of a broadband service in the UK rose from 29Mbps to 37Mbps - an increase of 28 per cent.

Ofcom said this not only reflects better coverage, but also an increase in people opting to pay for faster broadband packages.

Source: ISPreview.co.uk

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