|Broadband Breaks Through 2m Barrier|
23 May 2002
Broadband connections in the UK have doubled in the seven months to reach the 2 million mark, according to the telecommunications regulator Oftel.
New connections are running at the rate of 35,000 per week, Oftel's Director General David Edmonds said in a statement, attributing the boost in figures to increased competition and lower prices.
The data are based on returns from telecommunications operators, which include internet services at speeds of 128 kbits/s and above - which some, including the Advertising Standards Authority, believe cannot technically be considered as broadband.
The Department of Trade and Industry used the landmark achievement of two million connections to reaffirm the Government's aim that "every community in the UK, irrespective of location, should have the opportunity to access affordable broadband from a competitive market."
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