The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has revealed that parts of Merseyside and neighbouring Halton are struggling with poor broadband speeds. The constituency of Riverside in Liverpool has a total of 9022 homes and businesses that have not yet received access to faster broadband services.
The figures for the West Derby district show that there is full residential and business broadband access to faster speeds. In Wavertree, there are only 0.5% of properties that have not received access. MP Luciana Berger has described it as a postcode lottery.
Ms Berger is hoping to be candidate for the city’s mayor next year, and wants to make resolving this inequality a priority. She has also pointed out that companies need to have access to the fastest possible business broadband in order to encourage business growth and development. She believes that some companies have established bases in other regions rather than Liverpool because of the broadband issue.
Figures released last year show that the region is in the bottom 10 for internet users, with around 15% of the population never having used the internet before. However, Cheshire is shown as being in the top 10, with less than 10% of the population being non-users of the internet. The introduction of schemes such as Project Jennifer are helping to change the situation in Liverpool, while the city also has plans to create an ‘ultrafast’ network for residential and business broadband connections.