Broadband speeds and reliability have long been an issue for people living and working in Midlothian.
Statistics published by the House of Commons Library reveal that Midlothian ranks among the lowest in the UK for average download speeds and is placed 612th out of 650.
Only a few miles away in the 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, is only available to 0.1% of households here.
Figures have also been published for each Council Ward, showing that average speeds are highest in the Midlothian South Ward (26.1 Mbps), and lowest in the Midlothian West Ward (19.8 Mbps).
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, and that is reflected by the fact that Midlothian sits in 612th place out of 650 constituencies in the UK.
I have been working hard on this issue and I have met with Open Reach to discuss this issue. I will be hosting a drop in event in Midlothian where Open Reach, Digital Scotland and others will be in attendance to explain what is happening with Full Fibre Broadband in Midlothian. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about your own broadband experience.
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