Broadband: villages missing out

Prisk says telecom providers must ‘up their game’

Hunsdon and Much Hadham wards are found to be amongst the worst for super-fast broadband connection across East Herts. That’s one of the findings from research commissioned by Mark Prisk MP from the House of Commons library. Mark has published the analysis which includes a ward-by-ward breakdown of broadband speeds. The analysis, which is now published here (including a pdf of the map above), highlights a number of local problems including:

  • Hunsdon is in the bottom 2% of wards in Great Britain for the percentage of households receiving the slower speeds (under 10mbps).
  • Hunsdon also appears in the bottom 1% for the average download speed.
  • Much Hadham is in the bottom 5% of wards in Great Britain for average speeds.

Otherwise the average figures for Hertford and Stortford show the average download speeds to be 47.4mbps, notably higher than the UK average, with most of our local town wards enjoying excellent connectivity.

Mark Prisk said:

More and more homes in the constituency are now able to access superfast broadband, after we secured £4m extra for the county. However, telecom providers need to up their game, to help residents and local firms in the Hunsdon, Widford and Much Hadham parishes.  We are seeing Gigaclear wire up Hunsdon and hopefully they and BT will now extend this work to Widford and Much Hadham. I will be seeking a meeting with Connected Counties and both telecom providers to keep up the pressure. I am determined to see this through.”