WEB POLL: Are you happy with your internet speed?

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Residents on a street in Derbyshire have the fastest broadband connection in the country, according to a new report.

The study by comparison website uSwitch.com shows homeowners on Loundes Road, Unstone, enjoy the country’s best internet speed – a whopping 57.58Mbps.


There homeowners can download a high definition movie in just nine minutes – compared to more than 15 hours for those contending with the most sluggish speeds in the land.

At the bottom of the list is Erw Fawr, Conwy, with internet speeds of just 0.60Mbps.

Despite the good news for Loundes Road residents, many areas in Derbyshire do suffer from poor internet speeds.

Marie-Louise Abretti, from uSwitch.com, said: “There are still areas which experience broadband speeds so slow the service is negligible.

“At the same time, superfast broadband connections are becoming more widely available but these are clearly not being utilised.”

The news comes a week after council chiefs launched a multi-million pound project to deliver superfast broadband to thousands of residents and businesses across Derbyshire.

The first green cabinet has now gone live at Markham Vale Enterprise Zone as part of a £27million scheme to make superfast broadband available to 95 per cent of homes and businesses across the county by 2016.

By the end of June, more than 2,000 businesses and residents in parts of Bolsover, Alfreton, Tibshelf and Holmewood will be able to access superfast broadband when phase one of the project is complete.

Councillor Joan Dixon, cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport at Derbyshire County Council, which is spearheading the Digital Derbyshire scheme alongside BT, hailed the “great” news.

She said: “This investment in superfast broadband will open up endless business and leisure opportunities and will help to boost our rural areas, support economic growth and allow local communities to continue to thrive.

“Whether it’s for business, shopping, learning or socialising, the internet is such a huge part of daily life for many of us and that will only grow in the future. That’s why we’ve been driving this project forward to boost the local economy by closing the digital divide.”