What you’ve long suspected is true: London has some of the UK’s worst broadband

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Inner city places, including parts of London, are set to join rural areas as the least connected in Britain.

Work is currently underway investing £1.7bn into Britain’s superfast infrastructure, however by 2017 some of London will still be as poorly connected as places which are miles away from the nearest hub.

The Cities of London and Westminster, a central London constituency, will have just 31% of premises with access to superfast broadband, after the upgrade has finished.

Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Bethnal Green and Bow, Poplar and Limehouse and Westminster North are also set to be in the bottom 20 constituencies in the country.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which released the figures said told The Guardian: “State aid rules ensure government only builds network where the commercial sector won’t go and BT, Virgin and others have already announced plans for commercial roll out in cities – including a £50m investment from BT.

“We are already reviewing what we can do for residents in those areas the market won’t reach as part of our commitment to take super-fast broadband to the final 5%.”

UPDATE: 14.43

A DCMS spokesman said the 31% figure will improve, as London takes advantage of private investment.

He said: “State aid rules ensure Government only builds network where the commercial sector won’t go and BT, Virgin and others have already announced plans for commercial roll out in cities - including a £50m investment from BT.

“We are already reviewing what we can do for residents in those areas the market won’t reach as part of our commitment to take Superfast Broadband to the final 5%. 

“In order to drive the economy we have already seen over 8000 businesses in UK cities benefit from faster and better broadband as part of our successful connection voucher scheme.”


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