Broadband – DSL, Cable, Optic Fiber, etc – connections are supposed to offer huge bit rates to anyone but a recent experiment performed in the UK shows that there still much improvement to make, specially in rural areas.

An experiment took place in the UK last Thursday and was performed by Treff Davies, the co-founder of the Internet Service Provider Timico and also member of the Internet Service Provider Association of the UK. The experiment consisted on downloading a 300Mb video file. At the same time the download was initiated, 10 carrier pigeons carrying a USB device each one left from the same location as the server hosting the video file. 75 minutes later, when the download was barely reaching 25%, the pigeons arrived to the destination.

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A race between an old method of using carrier pigeons versus the new modern form of communication through broadband took place in the U.K. on Thursday. The pigeons took first place as they were released from a Yorkshire farm at the same time as a five-minute video upload began. An hour and a quarter later, the pigeons reached their destination in Skegness 70 miles away, while only 24 percent of a 300 MB file had been uploaded. Campaigners say that the stunt was being carried out to help illustrate that broadband in some parts of the U.K. is still “not fit for purpose.”

Apparently, the same experiment had been performed one year ago in South Africa.