Rotherhithe WiFi bid ‘moving at snail’s pace’

News Desk (11 February, 2016)

Councillors in war of words as achingly slow broadband speeds continue in SE16


Southwark Council’s campaign to move Rotherhithe from the internet slow lane to the cyber highway is “moving at a snail’s pace”, according to a frustrated Lib Dem councillor.

Surrey Dock ward councillor David Hubber rejected Southwark Labour’s claim in an update report that “good progress is being made” and predicted that slow internet speeds on the peninsula would continue for years.

He told the News: “It seems the council is working as fast as the broadband in SE16 to get a grip on this issue. Residents were promised 100% coverage for superfast broadband but progress is still at a snail’s pace.”

Southwark Council responded angrily to Cllr Hubber’s comments, with Cllr Fiona Colley, cabinet member for finance, modernisation and performance, claiming: “As usual, the Lib Dems are choosing to spend their time and energy criticising the council rather than working work for improvements for Southwark residents.”

She added: “Southwark Council remains firmly committed to our promise to bring superfast broadband to all of Rotherhithe. We are working closely with BT Openreach, a major provider of broadband infrastructure, who is offering a combination of solutions to improve broadband coverage in Rotherhithe. This includes the deployment of new green boxes, which will deliver superfast broadband to an additional 4,000 homes in Southwark, with a particular focus in Rotherhithe, by March 2016.”