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Slow and furious: London’s digital connectivity needs help fast!

28 February 2017

Internet speeds vary greatly across London – they are slowest in central locations, like the City of London, parts of Westminster and Southwark and also growth areas like Barking Riverside, Bexley, the Lee Valley and Wembley.

In ‘not spot’ areas, internet speeds can run ten times slower than the average speed across the capital.

In Seoul, a city comparable in size to London, connectivity has been heavily invested in since the nineties.

What are public authorities doing to lead investment locally? How can we ensure London remains an attractive place to live and do business?

The London Assembly Regeneration Committee will tomorrow discuss what the barriers are to better digital connectivity in London. The guests are:

  • Jeremy Skinner, Senior Manager - Growth & Enterprise, GLA
  • Sara Kelly, Senior Policy Officer - Science and Technology, GLA
  • Councillor Jonathan Glanz, Lead Member for Broadband and Connectivity, Westminster City Council
  • Mark Collins, Director of Strategy & Public Affairs, CityFibre
  • Tim Stranack, Business Development Director, Community Fibre

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 March from 10:00am in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the discussion using #AssemblyRegeneration and #ConnectLondon

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. Navin Shah AM, Chair of the Regeneration Committee is available for interview – please see contact details below.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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