Local MP for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has demanded more be done to improve broadband speeds across the North West as new figures released by the House of Commons library show the constituency ranks poorly compared to many others across the country in terms of average broadband speeds.
A British Infrastructure Group study revealed that despite £1.7bn of taxpayers’ cash being pumped into subsidising the construction of UK high-speed broadband, there are still a staggering 5.7million people across Britain who cannot access the internet at the Ofcom required 10 Megabits per second.
New figures from the House of Commons library have supported these findings by showing that areas outside of the South-East of England still suffer from poor overall broadband speed. The findings reveal that Denton and Reddish ranks 201 out of 533 across England in terms of average broadband speeds. The Government defines superfast as speeds greater than 24Mbps, whereas Ofcom (the UK regulator) defines it as speeds greater than 30Mbps.
Gwynne suggests that a fairer portion of the £1.7bn of taxpayers’ cash being pumped into subsidising the construction of UK high-speed broadband be spent in the North West.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“These figures speak for themselves, while London and the South East have the greatest investment for broadband and the highest speeds, the North West still lags behind.
“This week I’ll be lobbying Ministers at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport to seek an improvement on the funding settlement for broadband rollout in the North West.
“Britain needs to start converting to a fully fibre network which covers all areas of the country, so it is not left behind the other nations who are rushing to embrace digital advancement.”