Lack of broadband sends U.K.'s rural youths packing

03/4/2010 | Guardian (London), The

Britain's youth are emigrating from rural areas in large numbers largely because of the lack of broadband services and adequate wireless reception, the head of the Commission for Rural Communities told the prime minister in a new report. Urban residents were up to 40 times more likely to find broadband services than their rural counterparts. "With social networking such a feature of youth culture, lack of access can lead to frustration and exclusion," said rural advocate Stuart Burgess.

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