Street’s internet misery

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RESIDENTS of one Suffolk street are having to cope with some of the slowest broadband speeds in the country, research has revealed.

For residents of North Road, Lakenheath, surfing the web gives more of a sinking feeling after price comparison site, uSwitch, revealed it came 48th out of 1,500,000 in a list of Britain’s slowest streets for broadband speeds.

Despite the national average of 6.8mbps, North Road clocked up only 0.445mbps in tests.

North Road’s results were just one in a tale of misery for Suffolk’s broadband users, with a road in Halesworth topping uSwitch’s rankings and two Lowestoft streets also finding the top 50.

Suffolk county councillor and Lakenheath resident Colin Noble said that broadband was now the ‘fourth utility’ and bemoaned the slow speeds that residents face.

“I know from my work just how frustrating it can be to get things done when the internet is so slow.

“There are people in Lakenheath who really struggle with these problems – particularly in business and the creative arts – and that’s why I’ve backed the bid for faster broadband in Suffolk,” he said.

There were mixed reactions to the results from North Road residents, with some claiming their internet speeds were fine.

However, resident Malcolm Savage said the state of broadband in the street was a ‘nightmare’.

He said: “We’ve got rid of it altogether now because it’s so slow. My wife uses it more than me and she’s always saying how slow it is.”

The results come shortly after Suffolk County Council announced it would be revamping the county’s broadband services.

A spokesman for the council said: “We’re very aware of the problems local people and businesses face when trying to access broadband in Suffolk.

“That’s precisely why the Suffolk Better Broadband Programme Board, led by Suffolk County Council, launched a programme to secure the funding we need to bring the county’s broadband network into the 21st century.”

The spokesman added that Suffolk is now on target to deliver superfast broadband by 2015.