LINCOLNSHIRE’S economy is being ‘held back’ by inadequate broadband speeds and coverage.
This is the message from the county’s Federation of Small Businesses after broadband comparison website Top10.com revealed the county to be bottom of the pile in average internet connection speeds.
Chairman of the East Lindsey branch Neil Sharpley said: “This independent report which identifies Lincolnshire as the worst county in the country for broadband speeds reveals the scale of the problem.
“As a rural area, we are only going to generate a thriving economy when we can offer businesses and homeowners the very best and fastest broadband throughout the county.”
Boston was revealed to have an average download speed of 4.72Mbps between August and October, falling short of the national average of 6.86Mbps.
Spalding’s average for the same time period was higher but still below average, at 5.45Mbps. Grantham was 18th worst in the UK at 1.97Mbps.
Also making the bottom 20 from Lincolnshire were Brigg, sixth with 1.71Mbps, and Ancaster, 13th with 1.88Mbps.
Bottom of the list was Farningham, in Kent, on 1.30Mbps. At that rate, it would take 45 minutes to download one album or 12 hours to download a film.