MP blasts telecoms firms for slow Tech City broadband upgrades

Thursday, November 29th 2012
Meg Hillier MP has questioned why some firms in Tech City are having to wait up to a year for broadband upgrades to be carried out.
MP blasts telecoms firms for slow Tech City broadband upgrades
Some companies in London's Tech City are being forced to wait up to a year to access faster broadband, according to Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier.

Speaking to PC Pro, Ms Hillier cited the example of one company based at the technological business hub,, which apparently was forced to rely on an old broadband connection for 12 months while awaiting improvements.

The MP accused telecoms firms of offering poor customer service in the area at a time when business growth is particularly crucial.

"It's the time it takes getting the connection into the office," she explained. "When start-ups are growing they need the technology to do their jobs."

Ms Hillier went on to brand it a "nonsense" that firms in Tech City are having to wait such a long time for upgrades to "one of the main elements of their infrastructure".

While some parts of Tech City may be struggling with slow internet connections, Virgin Media last year hooked up the 'Silicon Roundabout' area to a 1.5Gbps service, described as the world's fastest cable broadband. 

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