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Tech City firms express frustration with slow broadband

Tuesday, May 13th 2014 by Luke Thompson
Lack of fibre broadband affecting some Tech City businesses

Some businesses in Tech City are unable to access superfast broadband.

High-speed fibre optic broadband isn't available to some firms in London's Tech City business hub.

Launched in 2010, Tech City is the largest "digital cluster" in Europe, with a string of high-profile organisations – including Google, EE and Imperial College London – having established operations at the site.

However, according to the London Evening Standard, some entrepreneurs in the area have complained that they aren't able to access superfast connectivity, leaving them forced to rely on slower broadband delivered via dongles or copper wires.

About 70 Tech City companies were recently invited to meet representatives from the government and BT at 10 Downing Street, where they took the opportunity to bring up the lack of fibre broadband coverage in some parts of the hub.

Meg Hillier, Labour Co-operative MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, said one entrepreneur had even been forced to leave the area because their broadband was simply too slow.

"We have some of the most technically focused companies relying on copper," she explained.

"I am frustrated at the intractable nature of this problem. Everyone seems to want to blame someone else."

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