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Distraught startups say London's so-called Tech City has dire internet

A special economic area dedicated to technology investment actually suffers from internet so bad it's an embarrassment, startups and a politician have said
| Internet & Websites News | Posted: Jul 31, 2014 10:08 pm

An area the British government now officially brands "Tech City" has broadband so poor that a group of startups and small internet providers have formed a lobby to fix it.




Old Street in East London has undergone a series of organic development as tech companies, such as Last.FM, set up shop in the area. Shortly after coming into power, David Cameron's Conservative government announced "Tech City" around the same location and as part of the Olympic site a little further away. Cameron's idea was to promote London as ahead of the curve in a bid to attract international investment from top tech companies - so it will be more than a little bit embarrassing that the startup scene, which arguably forged the area into what it is today, for better or for worse, think so little of its infrastructure.


The startups will be meeting with Labour Member of Parliament Meg Hillier to try to iron out the connection, which has been described as "not fit for purpose" and a "national embarrassment". Hillier is now proposing a "comprehensive review of broadband, plans for infrastructure and roll out, and a competitive framework for delivery".


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