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Slowest Broadband Streets Named
A list of the 50 streets in the UK with the slowest broadband speeds have been revealed.
Mount Pleasant in Halesworth in Suffolk is named as the street with the worst average download speed, according to the research by USwitch.com, at just 0.128 Megabits per second.
Two streets in Milton Keynes are also named in the bottom fifty. They are Mithras Gardens in Wavendon Gate and Sokeman Close in Greenleys, which are 32nd and 38th worst respectively.
A street in Leamington Spa has the fastest average download speed, at 18.87 Mb/s - more than 147 times faster than in Mount Pleasant.
Ernest Doku, technology expert at uSwitch.com, said: "While many areas of the country are already benefiting from the considerable investment into super-fast fibre optic networks, our research highlights the plight of households at the other end of the spectrum, struggling with download speeds so poor that in some cases it can hardly be considered a broadband service at all.
"What is particularly interesting is that many of the streets that feature in the list aren’t in the far-flung countryside, but rather in more urban areas, nearer to exchanges and where we would expect to see higher download speeds across the board.
"While broadband providers have been committed to upgrading broadband infrastructure as a priority, for some areas these improvements can't come soon enough. Being stuck in the slow lane is a frustrating situation, with many of us now considering broadband to be an essential service.
"In the meantime, home broadband users should test their broadband speeds regularly to check that they are getting the best possible package for their area, and not be afraid or complacent about switching providers if they feel they can get a better service elsewhere."
Here is the full list of the 50 slowest streets in the UK in terms of average broadband connection speeds:
1 Mount Pleasant, Halesworth, Suffolk 0.128 Mb/s
2 Forestfield, Horsham, West Sussex 0.134
3 Inchkeith Drive, Dunfermline, Fife 0.169
4 Faraday Avenue, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire 0.182
5 Baird Avenue, Kilwinning, Ayrshire 0.225
6 Wheatears Drive, Romsey, Hampshire 0.242
7 Furzy Park, Haverfordwest, Dyfed 0.254
8 Calmore Drive, Totton, Hampshire 0.267
9 Mowbray Grove, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland 0.274
10 Colledge Close, Brinklow, Warwickshire 0.279
11 Kimbells Close, Shabbington, Buckinghamshire 0.282
12 Glenbuck Avenue, Glasgow 0.289
13 Common Hill, Pulborough, West Sussex 0.296
14 John O'Gaunts Way, Belper, Derbyshire 0.298
15 Kenrick Square, Bletchingly, Surrey 0.319
16 Marlings Park Avenue, Chislehurst, Greater London 0.324
17 Silver Street, Chalford, Gloucestershire 0.328
18 Spinners Drive, St Helens, Merseyside 0.334
19 Raleigh Close, Churchdown, Gloucestershire 0.335
20 W Way, Littlehampton, West Sussex 0.335
21 Cromwell Avenue, Findern, Derbyshire 0.337
22 Greyson Avenue, Lowestoft, Suffolk 0.345
23 Phlap Street, South Hetton, County Durham 0.349
24 George Road, Water Orton, Birmingham 0.357
25 Bexleigh Avenue, St Leonards, East Sussex 0.373
26 Canon Close, Ilkeston, Derbyshire 0.383
27 Tylers Way, Chalford, Gloucestershire 0.383
28 Ullswater Road, Urmston, Manchester 0.384
29 Sutton Lane, Brant Broughton, Lincolnshire 0.384
30 Langside Gardens, West Calder, West Lothian 0.384
31 Pinfold Close, Cockermouth, Cumbria 0.386
32 Mithras Gardens, Wavendon Gate, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 0.388
33 Broadwaters Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk 0.396
34 Riverbank, Dunmurry, Belfast, County Antrim 0.399
35 Church Street, Hayfield, Derbyshire 0.411
36 Warren Field, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, West Midlands 0.421
37 Woodland Grove, Beeston, Nottinghamshire 0.422
38 Sokeman Close, Greenleys, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire 0.426
39 Mount Pleasant, Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire 0.430
40 Elmsdale Road, Hartshorne, Derbyshire 0.431
41 Yew Tree Avenue, Pemberton, Manchester, Wigan 0.432
42 Fairwinds Place, Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire 0.435
43 Pollards Moor Road, Copythorne, Southampton, Hampshire 0.440
44 Tern Way, Wirral, Merseyside 0.440
45 Glamorgan Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland 0.441
46 Darren Road, Berry Hill, Coleford, Gloucestershire 0.443
47 Adrian Avenue, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire 0.445
48 North Road, Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk 0.445
49 Chadwell Avenue, Southampton, 0.451
50 Bloomsfield, Burwell, Cambridge 0.454
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