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The Town's Broadband Speed - A WAB Debate

Tuesday August 20 2013


We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley


RESEARCH has shown that Dodworth is in the top 50 slowest places in the UK for broadband speed. What do you think to your area's speed? Have your say on our WAB Debate.

The 2013 UK Rural Broadband Survey combines a short questionnaire about quality of service received with an automatic speed test, to build up a picture of the service experienced by internet users in different areas across the UK. You can take part in that by clicking here.

A few months ago, work was carried out by BT in Penistone to improve the area's connectivity speeds and Goldthorpe is also due to be upgraded by the end of spring 2014, but other parts of the region are woefully slow.

Tom Keeney, BT's regional director, said: "Research suggests that within 15 years, fibre broadband could bolster the economy of a typical town by £143million and create 225 new jobs, 140 new businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers."

So what's it like in your area? Tell us where you're from and if you're happy with your broadband speed on our WAB Debate. 

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Reply Posted by Stephen on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 15:07
I get around 50-60 mbps in Birdwell with BT infinity, before they rolled it out I got 0.8mbps.

Reply Posted by Glen Martin on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 15:11
i live in Dodworth and i can confirm this is right, both download and upload speeds in the area is shocking, for doing everyday things like browsing the internet its 'ok' but gong online on the Xbox and downloading and uploading it is poor, we have tried changing internet providers several times but this has proven to not make any difference, it is at its worst when the weather is bad and there has been times when we have been without a connection for a good day or so, i believe this is down to old telephones wiring underground, maybe its time BT did something about this?

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 16:24
"maybe its time BT did something about this? "

Don't be silly Glen, They have just gambled a BILLION pounds on BT Sport which in turn will provide them with £600 million a year in subscription fees alone.
A slightly better return than charging the populous of Dodworth £14.99 a month for Fibre Optic broadband don't ya think?

Reply Posted by Ackerman on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 15:56
I am in Platts Common and my ISP is Sky and i get 2 mb/s which is rubbish, no fibre or cabling around here

Reply Posted by Andrew Walker on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 16:04
I have Talk Talk and have had no problems. I live in Silkstone Common, this is the fifth generation internet connection I have now.

Reply Posted by archi on Wednesday August 14 2013 at 17:49
I live in the heart of Dodworth, just off high street, am on Bt infinity and get connection test of nearly 100mb down 25 up. DRL is also available which could match this. BT massively invested in Barnsley to prevent people moving to DRL.. FYI the green box outside budgens is fibre ready.

Reply Posted by Flapper on Thursday August 15 2013 at 07:47
stop grumping ive got two tin cans on a wire LOVELY.

Reply Posted by Peter H on Thursday August 15 2013 at 08:47
Locke Park area, according to my systems, 1 running Ubuntu on Linux, the other Windows XP are working at 100 mbs

Reply Posted by mustapha phag on Monday August 19 2013 at 01:41
Why dont you just get a galaxy s3 you can do anything from anywhere fast as lightening and if your somewhere like staithes or in a poor reception area just stand at the side of a bt phonebox and order your stuff from amazon or ebay

Reply Posted by lol on Monday August 19 2013 at 13:53
does that mean we can write this shit faster

Reply Posted by janey on Monday August 19 2013 at 13:58
I'm glad you realise you're TYPING shit. There's hope for you yet then. When youve got rid of your verbal diarea go and find some little friends.

Reply Posted by K.T on Monday August 19 2013 at 20:24
I live in Birdwell and most I get is 3mb... Wish someone would install fibre optic!

Reply Posted by Ian on Tuesday August 20 2013 at 13:10
Ingbirchworth gets ats best 2.5mb Download speed! That's on a very good day with the wind in the right direction!

Reply Posted by Grammar Police on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 22:14
Janey, don't pick people up on poor grammar/spelling, when you can't spell yourself!

Reply Posted by janey on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 23:12
Yourself.
Haha sorry teacher.

Reply Posted by michele on Thursday August 22 2013 at 01:22
mine with sky was 2.8 and it drops off all the time.... we need help up higham plzzzzzzzzz. i went to my mobile on 3 and its just same

Reply Posted by Chris on Thursday August 22 2013 at 22:18
Summary of Silkstone broadband speeds;
Morning - slow
Afternoon - really slow
Evening - glacial

Reply Posted by Carol on Monday June 27 2016 at 10:42
June 2016, 3 years on from the last post here and still crap internet connection in Dodworth . So frustrated!! I will happily pay to get a decent connection.

Reply Posted by Steve on Tuesday August 9 2016 at 23:53
Live in Dodworth, download speed = 0.18,upload speed= 0.43.....bloody garbage..is this the best S K Y can do

Reply Posted by Joel on Thursday December 22 2016 at 09:16
I live In ingbirchworth and I currently get 0.4mbs which is below the GUARNTREED* speed according to BT. It is impossible to load things such as a webpage such as apple.co.uk, you have no chance, it is impractical and unuseful and we have no option but to stick with it, 3G is even faster than our home network. It's ridiculous. They need to do something about it, it is actually outrageous.