Download speeds amongst the lowest

Midlothian has amongst the lowest download speeds in the country due to  a lack of high speed fibre broadband
Midlothian has amongst the lowest download speeds in the country due to a lack of high speed fibre broadband
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Statistics from the House of Commons Library have revealed that Midlothian ranks a lowly 612th out of 650 local authority areas in the UK for average download speeds.

Only a few miles away in the neighbouring constituency of Edinburgh South, people are enjoying average download speeds of 63.0 Mpbs, compared to 23.9 Mpbs in Midlothian.

Despite increased development in Midlothian full fibre,which offers very high speeds, it is only available to 0.1 per cent of households. Figures for each local council ward show that average speeds are highest in Midlothian South ward (26.1 Mbps), and lowest in Midlothian West ward (19.8 Mbps).

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley (Lab) said: “These figures are not a surprise to me as I have been contacted by a number of constituents in relation to broadband issues.

“What does surprise me is the scale of the issue. Almost nowhere in Midlothian has access to reliable broadband.

“The Scottish Government boast on the front page of the Digital Scotland website that they are working with partners to extend high speed fibre to around 95 per cent of Scotland by March 2018. Well that is next month and I want to see urgent action taken to ensure Midlothian is serviced by fast reliable broadband.”