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Nearly a third of borough's properties still without ultrafast internet

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Nearly a third of Blackburn with Darwen still cannot access ultrafast broadband despite Government promises
Nearly a third of Blackburn with Darwen still cannot access ultrafast broadband despite Government promises

Nearly a third of Blackburn with Darwen still cannot access ultrafast broadband despite Government promises.

Figures from Ofcom show that as of January, 47,207 properties in Blackburn with Darwen, around 70 per cent, had access “ultrafast” broadband, with speeds of 300mb/s or more, meaning around 30 per cent are still unable to access the faster speeds.

High-speed internet has formed is a key part of the Government's levelling up agenda – but some properties in the area still cannot access internet with speeds of over 300mb/s.

In their 2019 general election manifesto, the Conservative party promised gigabit broadband – with download speeds of 1000mb/s – would be made available nationwide by 2025.

This pledge was later revised down to 85 per cent by 2025, with full coverage by 2030.

The same data shows across the country there were still thousands of properties below the minimum standard for "decent" broadband as of January.

Across the North West, 2,828 homes were below the minimum standard for broadband speed.

Meanwhile, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales had more than any English region, with over 20,000 in Scotland alone.

Which?, the consumer champion, said the cost-of-living crisis has made having a reliable, low-cost broadband all the more necessary.

Ofcom's figures show 66 per cent of the UK could access gigabit broadband as of January.

A spokesperson for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: "We've put more cash into broadband rollout than any government in British history.

"More than 97 per cent of UK premises can access superfast broadband, which meets people's current needs, but we are determined to not leave anyone behind.

"Since the USO gave people the legal right to a decent internet connection two years ago more than 89,000 premises have been upgraded.

"We're also prioritising these hard-to-reach areas for lightning-fast gigabit broadband through our record £5 billion Project Gigabit, with 600,000 premises already connected."

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