Broadband speeds in Rotherhithe

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3393
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Constituents in Rotherhithe tell me that BT Openreach won't connect households to fibre optic broadband where they are connected directly to the exchange, as is the case in Rotherhithe. In your answer to question 1304/2013 you mention funds for start-ups in that area. Will other types of broadband user in Rotherhithe who suffer from slow broadband speeds benefit in any way from your Super Connected City Plan? If not, are you taking other steps to resolve the problems faced by broadband users in Rotherhithe?

Answer

Answer for Broadband speeds in Rotherhithe

Answer for Broadband speeds in Rotherhithe

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Super Connected Cities Plan (SCCP) is now largely focussed on a demand led voucher scheme to encourage the take up of ultrafast broadband amongst high growth SMEs across all London boroughs including SME's in Rotherhithe area. It will be ensured that SSCP scheme is promoted in Rotherhithe area so that all eligible SME's can participate.

While I understand the frustration that some Rotherhithe constituents experience over the speed of their internet access, currently we are unable to intervene directly in matters relating to residential broadband connectivity.

The GLA will next year be looking to publish a document looking at Long Term Infrastructure in London, which will include a section on broadband and I know my team drafting that section will be looking at the situation in Rotherhithe closely.