There are still users in Britain who can't get a fixed broadband connection because of where they live as their premises are too far from the telephone exchange, or in a few cases, their exchange doesn't support broadband yet. No matter what the cause, this part of the population has to resort to expensive solutions or suffer with dial-up speeds.
With the way the Internet is changing how we interact not only with our friends, but also with work, shopping, banking and government, being left behind in the broadband world is not a matter which can be taken lightly. Put simply, it 'costs more' to live in a pre-broadband world where you can't take advantage of special online offers.
The Digital Britain report is expected to outline plans for a Universal Service Obligation to deliver a 2Mbps service to the entire UK population by 2012, but we have a long way to go in tackling not only the notspots where no affordable broadband is available, but also slow-spots; areas of the country where you can't receive a service above 2 Mbps which are far more common.
In order to help engage in the debate on digital inclusion, we have set up Broadband Notspot to track the broadband notspots and slow-spots.
If you can't get affordable broadband (e.g. your only option is a £50/month wireless connection) or you can only receive a service below 2Mbps (because of your location; not your choice of service or provider), please register your problem getting broadband on the notspot site.