Slow internet speeds affect most of Wigan council premises

New figures suggest Wigan has the joint-lowest amount of council premises in the region equipped with the fastest possible internet speeds, despite the council arguing the contrary.

Monday, 23rd April 2018, 3:13 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd April 2018, 3:16 pm
Slow broadband in Wigan

An investigation by comparison website broadbandchoices.co.uk found just 22 per cent of council-owned properties had access to superfast broadband, a figure matched by only one other local authority in Greater Manchester, in Stockport.

The survey also found that many councils have missed their own targets and deadlines for improving broadband connectivity for residents and businesses in their areas, with only seven councils in the UK meeting the targets for broadband speeds they set themselves.

The figures, however, contradict statistics from earlier this year, which suggested that superfast broadband can now be accessed by around 99.2 per cent of homes and businesses in the borough.

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Emma Barton, assistant director for economy and regeneration, said: “We are incredibly passionate about the many benefits embracing digital technology can bring to our residents and businesses.

“We are committed to achieving our ambition for 100 per cent coverage and are working hard with our local communities to unblock issues in some of the more challenging areas.”

She added: “We are leading the way in terms of digital transformation and getting people online as part of The Deal, ensuring that all our residents can enjoy the opportunities and benefits the internet has.”

To find out more about the survey and its findings, visit broadbandchoices.co.uk