The UK is one of the biggest beneficiaries of a technology boom that has brought faster internet speeds to some parts of the country and reduced prices for many customers.
However, there is a growing sense of unease among many of its rural internet users that the industry is in trouble.
The Telegraph reports that rural internet service providers are struggling to keep up with demand as consumers increasingly turn to mobile and streaming services for their online needs.
“There’s no doubt we are seeing the growth of mobile and the rise of the internet of things,” said Dave Hall, managing director of Rural Broadband in the North West.
“The internet of thing is a big part of what we are doing and we have to keep that in mind and that’s why we need to look at the rural internet sector in a much bigger way.”
Rural Broadnet is one service provider, which has been running in the region for several years, to offer services in rural areas.
“We are looking to bring in additional capacity and improve our services in order to meet the demand of rural internet providers,” said Mr Hall.
“It’s really important that we do that and we’re hoping that this will happen in the next 12 months or so.”
The BBC has also heard from a number of rural Internet service providers in the West Midlands, who have noticed an increasing demand for their services in the past 12 months.
“I’ve had to do a bit of a balancing act,” said the managing director, Richard Brown, who also runs the NorthWest broadband network.
“If I want to get my service out to the wider community then it’s very difficult to not offer rural broadband.”
“I do have to say that in the last few years, I’ve noticed a lot of people have come to us for advice and have expressed a desire to get rural broadband to a greater extent.”
The number of UK residents living in rural communities has risen from 5.6 million in 2010 to 6.9 million in 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The rise is largely due to a rise in the number of people living in urban areas and the rapid growth of social media and streaming apps.
It is estimated that by 2025, the number living in the rural areas of the UK will increase by 3.2 million.
However the report also says that the number still living in remote areas has also grown, and some rural broadband providers say that rural broadband is a vital part of their business.
“When we think about the benefits of rural broadband, I think that it’s a very valuable service for the industry,” said David Wood, managing partner of Rural Network Services in the Midlands.
“What I find is people really need to think about what they’re going to be using for the next couple of years.”
The rise of social streaming services like Netflix and Spotify have also increased the demand for rural broadband services, which have to be upgraded in order for customers to access them.
The Rural Broadbands report said the demand was growing in many parts of rural Britain, but that there was “a growing feeling of uneasiness”.
It said there was also “increasing pressure” from the government on rural broadband companies to make sure that their services were accessible to as many people as possible.
The government has also announced a $2.5bn funding package to provide new broadband connections to rural areas across England.
“At the moment the problem is not that rural areas aren’t getting access to high-speed broadband,” said Dr David Worsley, the Rural Broadcasters chief executive.
“That’s not a problem.
The problem is that the UK is not providing the infrastructure, the infrastructure is not the problem.
What we are getting is people saying, ‘I want to move to England, where there’s faster speeds and better service, where I can go to the internet without having to pay for a phone’.” The report found that “the UK remains one of only a handful of countries worldwide that does not provide any rural broadband service”.
The report’s findings have prompted calls for an inquiry into rural broadband.
“This report shows that there is an urgent need for an independent body to investigate the impact of the Government’s decision to support the creation of rural digital networks, and to recommend ways to tackle this problem,” said Labour’s Chris Leslie.
“In our rural areas, there are still people living without a connection.
That’s why it is critical that the Government works with rural broadband suppliers to ensure that they can provide services to as wide an audience as possible.”
In addition to the report, there have been other protests about rural broadband that have taken place in the recent past.
On November 19, 2017, activists protested against the National Broadband Network (NBN) in the town of Bournemouth, England.
The protesters said that they would stop using the NBN as soon as it was launched.
They said that the government had made it clear that it wanted the NBN to be rolled out by 2022.
On February 10, 2018, activists gathered outside the