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One in five UK households struggling to afford broadband

Paul Lipscombe
June 9, 2022

The cost-of-living crisis is hitting Brits in staying connected 

One in five UK households are struggling to afford broadband, according to a study by fibre broadband provider Community Fibre.

The study of 1,500 adults in the UK found that 20 per cent cannot afford to be online, as the cost-of-living crisis deepens.

In fact 33 per cent of people surveyed said they would cut back on fuel if it means that they can still have access to broadband.

While over half (53pc) admitted to knowing people who are struggling to pay for mobile data, with 31 per cent of Brits limiting the amount they spend on data amid the rising cost-of-living.

“Learning that over 13 million people in the UK and roughly two million in London, cannot afford to be online encourages us to be even more ambitious with our goals to connect communities with the most affordable, but also fastest full fibre network,” said Community Fibre CEO Graeme Oxby.

“We’ve already committed to no in-contract price hikes this year and covering 60 per cent of London’s premises by 2024, and we’re excited to work even harder to provide the best for our community.”

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