How does your area of England compare to other local authorities?
We have had a couple of English local authorities chase for the levels of superfast broadband coverage based around Defra/ONS rural urban definitions, so we thought we'd share the information with the wider audience.
These definitions for each English local authority are obviously fairly wide, since many local authorities comprise a range of population densities but they are still important so that local authorities can compare themselves to others within the same definition and also align superfast broadband coverage data with other metrics surrounding the economic and social wellbeing of the population and business communities. Since the majority of people have no idea what their area is classified as we have added this information to our broadband stats site so in the linked example to Dartford District Council you can see the authority is classed as Major Urban.
thinkbroadband analysis of Superfast, USC, USO and Fibre Broadband Coverage across the English Local Authorities when aligned into Rural and Urban Categories
(change since September 2015)
|Area||% fibre based|
|% Openreach VDSL2/FTTP||% superfast|
30 Mbps or faster
100 Mbps or faster
% Full Fibre
|% Under 2 Mbps download||% Under 10 Mbps download|
For those wanting a very quick idea of what sort of local authority is in each area some examples for each type are:
- Major Urban e.g. Barnet London Borough
- Large Urban e.g. Blackpool
- Other Urban e.g. Burnley
- Rural 50 e.g. Calderdale District
- Rural 80 e.g. Cornwall
The positive change in superfast broadband in the last two years is of course looking good, unless you are one of those that any of the projects no matter whether public or private have not brought improvements too yet. This is why when many outlets use data that is a year or more older to discuss broadband coverage problems the figures will feel more believable to those where nothing has changed and it this area where perhaps Government, local authorities, BDUK contract holders and commercial operators need to do more, especially to communicate specific details to areas.