I’ve just seen figures, published by Which? showing the state of broadband connectivity in this country by local area – and the results for Sheffield aren’t impressive. We have an average download speed of 23.2mbps, comparable to very rural areas, which simply shouldn’t be the case for one of the North’s major cities.
Sheffield and so many other places are being let down by the Government dragging its heels on modernising our digital infrastructure. There are still 1.4 million people unable to get even to the Government’s unambitious target of 10mbps; Labour pledged in its manifesto to deliver a more adequate 30mbps.
Our digital economy should be one of our great national strengths, and Sheffield’s businesses and 550,000 people deserve to be able to browse, download, work and do business without delays or frustration from slow speeds. I’ll continue campaigning for our digital economy here and across the country, so we can have the infrastructure we need for this new industrial revolution.
You can find Which?’s figures here, and see how we in Sheffield compare to other places across Britain. Take their test here to find out what speed you’re getting – and complain if you’re not getting what you should.