New figures revealed in an independent analysis by the House of Commons Library highlight poor broadband speeds in the north of the borough.
The figures, produced at the request of Bury North MP James Frith, show that average broadband speeds in Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom are almost 30% lower than the national average. Bury North comes out 62nd out of 75 North West Parliamentary constituencies and 467th out of 650 UK constituencies.
Although 96% of lines across Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom are capable of receiving superfast broadband speeds (over 30 Mbps), almost 10,000 lines (30%) receive broadband speeds under 10 Mbps, which is the minimum speed judged necessary for decent broadband by Ofcom, the regulator.
James Frith MP and Bury Council leader Cllr Rishi Shori met this week to discuss connectivity in the north of the borough as part of an ongoing campaign to deliver better broadband speeds to the people of Bury.
James Frith said:
“These figures back up the complaints I have received in recent months about poor speeds across Bury North. Despite pleading with the Minister to take action, all I have received is a promise of jam tomorrow, with a Government pledge to give everyone the right to access to 10 Mbps three years from now. We need to go further, faster.
“I am supporting Mayor Andy Burnham’s bid to Government for funding to deliver a fibre network in Greater Manchester and Cllr Shori and I are working together to identify other avenues to improve speeds here in Bury and will hold further meetings in the coming weeks.”
Cllr Rishi Shori said:
“I am committed to working with our MPs and Mayor Andy Burnham to improve broadband speeds and connectivity across Bury. The Mayor has submitted a bid for £25m to Government to invest in a public sector fibre network across Greater Manchester, with the aim of leveraging an additional £250m from the private sector to roll out commercial and residential fibre broadband.
“I hope the Government will approve the bid so we can use the funds to improve speeds and connectivity in Bury.”