Denby broadband is among slowest in UK

NRHN 8-8-13 MC 9'Ann and Les Goddard annoyed at BT after they haven't managed to repair their street's phone line in two weeks.
NRHN 8-8-13 MC 9'Ann and Les Goddard annoyed at BT after they haven't managed to repair their street's phone line in two weeks.

A street in Denby has been named as the eighteenth

slowest in the UK for the speed of its broadband

connection.

Grammer Street, off Loscoe Denby Lane, was identified as having just 0.539 Mbps in a Uswitch poll carried out between April and September last year, based on 30 different speed tests.

The national average according to The Office of Communications (OFCOM) around this time was 9Mbps, with some of the best connected streets in the country hitting up to 70Mpbs.

Daniel Callis, of Satellite Internet provider Bentley Walker, said: “Although it is one street and only 50 streets were published, it’s highly probable that the rest of the area will also be having similar issues with slow speeds.

Previous research has shown that some of the slowest national broadband speeds can be found around rural Derbyshire.”

This summer Ann Goddard was one of 20 Denby residents who criticised phone company BT after thunderstorms knocked out local phone lines for nearly three weeks. She said: “The broadband is dreadful! We have a Sky modem - if we just used a straightforward sim card it can take 20 minutes just to get on to the internet. With the modem the speed is about 2 Mbps - without it I don’t know what it would be.”

Mrs Goddard and her husband Les recently joined the Denby Steering Group to create a community plan.

The group has identified the village’s poor communications as something which needs urgent action.

A BT spokesman said: “Ofcom’s latest report shows BT’s customers are getting faster broadband speeds than ever before and that rural broadband speeds are rising fastest and have more than doubled in just over two years.

“We have committed £2.5bn to deliver fibre broadband to two-thirds of UK premises by spring 2014.”

In Derbyshire the £27.67 million programme to deliver the county’s “biggest ever broadband transformation” was signed in August and will see BT contribute £12.87 million, Derbyshire County Council £4.9 million, while a further £7.4 million is coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK funds as well as £2.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund.

Last month BT’s dominance of the Government’s rural broadband roll-out was slammed in a report by the Public Accounts Committee.