Across the Rossendale & Darwen Parliamentary constituency the average download speed has increased to 33.2Mb/s, 92% of households have access to Superfast Broadband and only 3% of local connections are slower than 10Mb/s.
Jake commented, ‘These figures are encouraging and I’m really pleased to see broadband access is improving across Rossendale & Darwen. Access to superfast broadband is a key priority for this Government.
‘Over 90 per cent of UK premises are now able to connect to superfast broadband, and we are on track to reach 95 per cent by the end of next year. However I recognise that more needs to be done to ensure that all parts of the country have the access to the broadband they need and I want to make sure that Rossendale & Darwen has access to the same service as places such as Blackburn and Bury.’
The figures compiled by the House of Commons Library shows that the highest level of access to broadband in Rossendale is in Healey & Whitworth at 98.9% and is lowest in Eden ward at 79.3%. Across Darwen and the surrounding areas the best connected is Sudell at 99.1% whilst the lowest levels of access are in North Turton & Tockholes at 76.3%.
Jake added. ‘My focus is now on the "final 10 per cent" - those areas in the hardest to reach places that are not covered by existing plans. Measures the Government is taking in this area include the introduction of a Universal Service Obligation, so every premise in the country can access broadband at a speed of 10Mbps as an absolute minimum by the end of this Parliament. This speed allows a household to watch video on demand, use social media, shop online and work from home.
‘I’m continuing to work closely with BT Openreach and Superfast Lancashire to ensure that all my constituents have access to Superfast Broadband but please get in touch if you need my help on this issue.’