The areas with the worst – and best – internet connection in Lancashire have been revealed.
New research suggests that Wyre has the worst connection in the county.
It was found to have a download speed at 40 Megabits per second, compared to the Lancashire average of 54.1 and the UK average of 58.2.
Wyre also has a lower percentage of people connected to Ultrafast broadband than the rest of Lancashire, with just 46.4% of residents connected to Ultrafast broadband, compared to the Lancashire average of 61%.
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The research analyzed new Ofcom data on download speeds and access to Superfast and Ultrafast broadband in all of Lancashire’s local authorities, and created an index to discover which areas had the worst internet connection of all.
Ribble Valley has the second poorest internet access in Lancashire. In Ribble Valley, just 43.1% of premises have access to Ultrafast broadband, well below the Lancashire average of 61%.
The download speed in this area was also below average at 46.8 Megabits per second.
Fylde came in third with a download speed of 44.2 Megabits per second.
At the other end of the scale, Burnley was found to have the best internet connection in Lancashire.
The area boasts download speeds of 72.6 Megabits per second – which is well above the Lancashire standard.
Burnley also has the largest percentage of premises connected to Ultrafast broadband – 79%, compared to the Lancashire standard 61%.
Hyndburn comes second on the list of Lancashire areas with the best internet, boasting download speeds of 63.7. In Hyndburn, 76.7% of premises have access to Superfast broadband.
A spokesperson for Typing.com commented on the findings: “This data gives us a compelling insight into just how significant the digital divide is across Lancashire.
“While some areas such as Burnley and Hyndburn are very well connected, it’s clear that other areas including the Ribble Valley, Wyre and Field are lagging behind the rest of the region.
“Everything we do as a society, from education, work and daily living, is so intertwined with the internet, and the importance of excellent digital access for all should never be underestimated.”
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