Poor rural broadband means elderly people in the countryside will miss out on the healthcare revolution Poor rural broadband means elderly people living in the countryside will miss out on the healthcare revolution, local authorities have warned.
Technology has been touted as the answer to social care shortfalls, but those most in need could be unable to access crucial at-home help - because rural internet is too slow.
In a report about rural England the Local Government Association predicted that in non-city areas there would be 53 people aged 65 or over for every 100 working people aged 16 to 64 by 2039.
It said people living outside cities were still struggling with slow internet, which could prevent them using smart devices which can monitor someone's activity and alert family or carers if something goes wrong. The Daily Telegraph