Steve Wozniak doesn't have home broadband. Woz going on?

Apple's co-founder told a conference in Australia that he doesn't have home broadband.

He may have co-founded the defining tech company of our age, but Steve Wozniak doesn't have broadband at home, reports. That's right, the Woz has no high-speed Internet reaching his home in Los Gatos, California. Think of all the time he must have on his hands.

Speaking to a business forum in Australia, the Apple co-founder said, "I don't have broadband at my home". Perhaps sensing the surprise in the audience, he went on: "I, Steve Wozniak, don't have broadband at my home." So why not? Well, apparently he just resides on the wrong side of the tracks.

"I live one kilometre out of the main part of town," he said. "Broadband is a monopoly in my town -- that means you can get it from a cable company, but I don't have cable. There are 50 companies that want to sell me DSL, but they've all got to go through the Horizon wires -- the local phone company -- and I've got one of the two worst Horizons in the country. And so I can't get broadband in my house."

So there you are. It's a pretty sorry state of affairs from the sounds of things. But things aren't much better here in the UK, with a recent report saying on average our broadband is 42 per cent slower than advertised.

Wozniak is usually a tech evangelist, so to hear him slam something, you know it must be bad. Just recently he extolled the virtues of Windows Phone in an interview, proclaiming it more intuitive than Android. He even described every screen as "much more beautiful than the same apps on Android or iPhone," though the iPhone is still his weapon of choice. He even queued up for an iPhone 4S at the launch last year.

Could you live without broadband at home? What do you think of the UK's current speeds? Let me know in the comments section below or over on our Facebook page.

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    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.


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