Speed up Shoreditch broadband, urges the MP

Silicon Milk Roundabout @ Shoreditch May 2013

SILICON ROUNDABOUT campaigner Meg Hillier has added to parliamentary criticism of the government’s failure to improve broadband speeds for Londoners.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on London said the capital was lagging behind others in Europe. Even Bucharest in Romania was ahead.

Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Hillier told Loving Dalston: “Despite government initiatives there is still a serious problem across the UK with what should be a 21st-century utility.

“Shoreditch is second only to Silicon Valley in terms of the investment going into tech businesses, but broadband speeds, and upload speeds in particular, are still very poor.”

Meg Hillier 2013 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com
Hillier: leads a powerful committee
Two thirds of businesses still had connection problems, claimed Hillier, who in June this year 2015 was appointed to chair the Public Accounts Committee, the influential cross-partyCommons group previously run by Margaret Hodge.

Hillier’s new position means that after years of pushing for better broadband in her constituency, she is now more likely to be heeded.

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