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Harlow in top twenty in UK for fast broadband

Politics / Tue 27th Jun 2017 at 10:58am

HARLOW is in the top twenty in United Kingdom for fast broadband. Harlow clocks 25.9 mega bits per second.

The local authorities with the fastest speeds were Tamworth with 30.4mbps, followed by Reading with 30mbps and Adur in West Sussex with 29.2mbps.

News items are focussing on areas in the country with slow broadband.

MPs and campaigners say as well as being inconvenient, slow broadband speeds make businesses less productive, holding back the economy.

At the centre of the criticism is BT. It has been attacked for failing to invest enough in its arm Openreach, which controls the fibre connections, ducts and pipes behind the UK’s broadband infrastructure reports the Daily Mail.

Alex Neill, managing director of home services at Which?, said: ‘Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks.’

Senior Tory MP Grant Shapps, who led a cross-party campaign to boost Britain’s broadband speeds, said: ‘It is unacceptable that so many UK households still receive appalling broadband speeds, which rest well below the proposed minimum standards.
‘This demonstrates that broadband companies are still not taking action towards improving speeds for those receiving the worst coverage.’

But the government said the report is misleading because it focuses on average speeds, rather than the best speed available to households if they switched to a better service.

A spokesman for Ofcom said: ‘We’re already taking firm, wide-ranging action to protect broadband customers, such as ensuring providers commit to giving more accurate speeds.’

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