Most Brits are on Broadband

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Graphic: Diego Aguirre
More than 19 out of 20 UK connections to the Internet are via broadband, according to the latest research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In December 2008, broadband connections accounted for 95.1 percent of all Internet connections, up from 94.1 percent in September 2008. This is according to the latest update from the survey of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Despite continuing increases in broadband connections, a 17.5 percent decrease in dial-up resulted in a 0.3 percent fall in the index of all connections between September and December 2008.

The economic stimulus package approved by the U.S. Congress and signed by the president last week includes $7.2 billion for broadband installation and other tech projects.

In Britain, the market share of broadband connections has been increasing since the index began in 2001, reflecting its continuing popularity, widespread availability and increasingly competitive connection packages.

Broadband connections rose to 95.1 percent of all connections in December 2008, up from 94.1 percent in September 2008. There was a year on year increase in the index of broadband connections of 4.4 percent, with a quarterly increase of 0.8 percent.

Dial-up connections continued to decrease, with a year on year fall in the index of 51.7 percent to December 2008. The quarterly decrease, from September 2008 to December 2008, was 17.5 percent.

The proportion of higher speed connections continues to increase. In December 2008, 59.6 percent of broadband connections had a speed greater than 2Mbps, which is an increase from 57.7 percent in September 2008. Over the same period, the percentage of connections with a speed of less than or equal to 2Mbps decreased to 40.4 percent in December 2008, down from 42.3 percent in September 2008.

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