MP’s demand for improved broadband speeds
Thursday 16th March 2017 @ 11:39 by Adam Higgins
Denton & Audenshaw News

Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne is calling for greater investment into broadband speeds in the North West.

The demand comes as research has found the constituency he serves lags behind others for internet connection, download and upload speeds, having been ranked as 201st out of 533 across England.

Mr Gwynne wants more to be done to improve broadband speeds across the North West, as new figures released by the House of Commons library show Denton and Reddish ranks poorly compared to many others across the country in terms of average broadband speeds.

A study, conducted by the British Infrastructure Group, revealed that 5.7 million people across Britain cannot access the internet at the Ofcom required 10 Megabits (MB) per second.

This is despite an extra £1.7bn being pumped into subsidising the construction of high-speed broadband across the UK – and Mr Gwynne feels a fairer portion of this cash, paid by taxpayers, should be spent in this region.

Mr 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.”