Top 10.com | Lib Dems Win UK Broadband Speed Battle After the roaring success of Nick Clegg’s performance in the UK’s first ever TV election debate, colleague Vince Cable ensures the Lib Dem’s next victory; the senior politician’s constituents enjoy th
News-Antique.com - Apr 30,2010 - In order to find out which constituency had the fastest broadband Top10.com analysed over 9,000 speed tests taken by web users over the last three months in the constituencies of 12 senior politicians from the three main parties.
Nick Clegg even pushed Gordon Brown into third place in the battle of the party leaders. Clegg’s constituency’s speeds (4.90Mb) were 1Mb ahead of those of Gordon Brown (3.91Mb), but behind those of David Cameron (5.91Mb).
As well as comparing the broadband speeds of the three parties’ leaders, Top10.com also looked at the speeds enjoyed by MPs closely involved in the passing of the recent Digital Economy Bill.
Tom Watson - the backbench Labour MP who was the main opponent of the Bill - has an average broadband speed of 5.8Mb in his constituency. In comparison, constituents of Stephen Timms, the Minister for Digital Britain, receive slightly slower speeds of 4.7Mb, while the slowest broadband in the survey was found in South West Surrey, the constituency of Conservative shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The national average for broadband according to Top10.com’s speed test is 5.25Mb.
Full table of results:
MP - Party - Constituency - Average download speed (Mbps)
Vince Cable - Treasury spokesman - Lib Dems - Twickenham - 9.38
Alistair Darling - Chancellor - Labour - Edinburgh South West - 7.03
Simon Hughes - Shadow energy spokesman - Lib Dems - North Southwark & Bermondsey - 6.05
David Cameron - Leader of the Opposition - Conservative - Witney - 5.91
Tom Watson - Backbench MP - Labour - West Bromwich East - 5.80
National average - 5.25
Don Foster - Shadow Culture spokesman - Lib Dems - Bath - 4.92
Nick Clegg - Leader - Lib Dems - Sheffield Hallam - 4.90
Stephen Timms - Minister for Digital Britain - Labour - East Ham - 4.70
William Hague - Shadow Foreign Secretary - Conservative - Richmond (Yorks) - 4.47
Gordon Brown - Prime Minister - Labour - Kirkaldy & Cowdenbeath - 3.90
George Osborne - Shadow Chancellor - Conservative - Tatton - 3.89
Jeremy Hunt - Shadow Culture secretary - Conservative - South West Surrey - 3.48
Alex Buttle from Top10.com said: “Broadband and the future of our internet infrastructure have become big election issues since the debate over the Digital Economy Bill. The huge range in broadband speeds identified in our survey demonstrates how a truly ‘Digital Britain’ is still a some way off. Instead we are still seeing a notable gap between those enjoying super-fast broadband speeds and others lagging behind well below the national average.”
The three main parties have significantly differing broadband policies in their manifestos.
While Labour has promised to deliver broadband at a minimum speed of 2Mb to “virtually every house” in Britain by 2012, The Liberal Democrats have pledged to scrap the Digital Economy Bill, and The Conservatives have promised to find an alternative, ‘market-based solution’ for encouraging universal broadband access.