Knoll villagers have 'slower broadband than Mount Everest'
village of Brent Knoll has "worse broadband than Mount Everest
base camp", with some residents reporting a service so poor
it would take roughly five days to download an HD film, it's been
claimed this week.
tests conducted by the website Cable.co.uk found there are just
four other areas across the UK suffering slower average broadband
Everest, at 18,000ft, sees visitors able to access broadband speeds
of two megabites per second (mpbs) via a satellite connection.
residents in Brent Knoll have been left with an average speed
Howdle from Cable.co.uk said this week: "Digital inequality
is a huge problem in the UK, both for those who suffer at the
bottom end and for the UK economy as a whole."
the number of UK households on the right side of the 'digital
divide' is increasing thanks to the continuing rollout of superfast
broadband, those left stranded are finding themselves further
and further behind - to the detriment of both themselves and their
BT spokesman responded: "Fibre is available to 81% of those
connected to the Brent Knoll exchange - a far cry from the 'digital
black holes' described. This report is either based on out-of-date
information or on the speeds people choose to buy rather than
the maximum speeds available to them."
MP James Heappey has been campaigning for improved broadband speeds,
as linked below.
MP calls for BT to forfeit rights to broadband roll-out
over slow rollout of super-fast broadband in Burnham area
app reveals broadband hotspots and 'not spots' in Burnham area