Multiple households continue to struggle with slow broadband connections as the UK maintains lockdown procedures, with many families at home using multiple applications and streaming services at once. According to the BBC, MP Julie Elliott recently made a plea via video conference for a faster roll-out of fibre broadband for her Sunderland constituents, only to be interrupted by a connection failure in her own broadband.
Unfortunately, many households are having to wait for an upgrade as numerous network providers are prioritising the vulnerable and essential workers including the NHS. Virgin Media appears to have taken a larger hit, with multiple reports of the network going offline for tens of thousands of users in the lead-up to peak times. According to Sky News, on Monday 27th April, there were more than 42,000 reports of the outage at 07:20pm before reducing to 1,577 reports by 08:30pm. A Virgin Media spokesperson advised that this may have been caused by a network technical fault rather than increased usage, however.
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