Hull was found to have an average speed for residential and business broadband of just 12.42Mbps between August last year and February 2016. The second slowest city on the list is Aberdeen at 15.67Mbps, then Milton Keynes at 17.10Mbps. Wakefield, Sheffield and Doncaster all appear in the bottom 10 with speeds between 17.49 and 18.38Mbps. Norwich had an average speed of 19.43Mbps, then Edinburgh featured with an average speed of just over 21Mbps. Making up the bottom 10 were Newcastle and Newport with speeds of 21.14 and 21.24Mbps respectively.
These relatively low speeds have raised concerns that these cities could be left behind when it comes to digital technology. The government has promised that 95% of properties will have access to superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps as a minimum, but the statistics say that around 90% of properties should already have these speeds most of the time. Research indicates that the speeds achieved in reality are far below this.
Campaigners have also pointed out that rural residential and business broadband provision is not what it should be. There have also been concerns about the future of BT and Openreach, with critics calling for the infrastructure installation division to be removed from BT completely. BT is disputing the figures, pointing out for example, that 98.9% of Norwich has access to average broadband speeds of 24Mbps or more, but that this can be affected by other factors.