The latest figures show that the average household in the United Kingdom gets around 12 megabits per second (Mbps) of internet speed.
However, this is a small proportion of the total UK population, and has been dropping since the introduction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in 2012.
There are now around 7.6 million households with broadband speeds of less than 5Mbps, according to figures published by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on Monday.
The UK broadband market is dominated by smaller companies and ISPs.
However the BIS figures suggest that the proportion of broadband subscribers in the country has fallen from 30% in 2009 to just 5% in 2020.
In the same year, the proportion that have a fibre optic connection has also dropped from 27% to 21%.
In contrast, the number of households that have no broadband connection at all rose from 9% to 19%.
The average UK household spends around £1,000 a year on broadband, according the BIT.
There is a £500 annual premium for broadband and the BIST said that there was a need to consider the financial impact on households of any change to the pricing system, which would likely increase their outgoings.
According to the BITE analysis, the cost of broadband is set to increase by around £300 a year between 2020 and 2040.
However a study by the Bist, which is funded by the British Broadband Association, has also revealed that many people in the industry are struggling to get the right broadband speeds and are paying £3.70 per megabit-per-second (Mbps).
The average broadband connection in 2020 was 10.7Mbps, while the average monthly bill for a household with a broadband connection was £4,800.
The BIS also revealed on Monday that average broadband speeds in the Netherlands have increased by around 30% from a year ago.
It said that the Netherlands has seen a significant increase in broadband speeds as a result of its broadband rollout, which started in 2009.
This included the introduction in 2011 of fibre optic broadband to the majority of premises.
In 2014, the Netherlands had one of the highest average speeds in Europe.
This has meant that many consumers are paying more for the speed of their connection, especially as more households have access to faster internet connections.
However this does not necessarily mean that consumers are getting a better connection.
The data published by BIS shows that the majority (57%) of households with a household broadband connection have no problems accessing the internet.
However that figure is down from a high of 66% in 2010.
Of those who do have problems, the vast majority (87%) use the internet at home.
This is in contrast to the UK, where only 7% of households have a broadband internet access connection at home, with a similar figure of 7% for households without a broadband service.
The average household uses the internet about once a week, compared to a peak of eight hours a week in 2016.
This does not bode well for the future.
In 2020, more than 70% of British households were using a phone to access the internet, compared with just 23% in 2016, according a BIST analysis.
It added that the UK still has a large number of people without broadband connections.
This includes almost three million households without internet access at home (33%) and over 600,000 households without broadband at all (28%).
The BIST found that only 18% of people who have access can download an average of around 30 gigabytes (GB) of data in a month.