Do you have the broadband you need in Charlton? Greenwich Council would like to know

Recent broadband speed test results for Charlton, taken from

Keen readers of the council’s Greenwich Time paper will have spotted that this week’s front page story was about how the council has given permission for a start-up company to trial its grocery-delivering robots in Thamesmead. This is the latest announcement under its Smart City strategy, and the publicity has played heavily on futuristic self-driving cars and robots.

There’s a lot more to the Smart City strategy that the council published last year than that, though, which is worth a read if technology infrastructure and planning is your thing.  The document spends very little time talking about shopping robots and concentrates more on whether Greenwich borough will have the right digital infrastructure for the future, along with whether the council can make more use of open data and internet-enabled sensors on council premises.

You might have missed, meanwhile, that the council would like to know more about your experience of using broadband services in the borough.

There’s a survey here, open until April 23rd, and it’s probably in the long-term interests of anyone struggling with connectivity to fill it in so that the scale of any problems are known.

Back in 2013, we reported that Charlton was supposed to have London’s fastest broadband – is that still right? How is your internet connection? Do you run a business dependent on internet connection or work from home in Charlton and how do you get on? What would you tell the council about the digital future that it hasn’t asked?


4 thoughts on “Do you have the broadband you need in Charlton? Greenwich Council would like to know

  1. Neil C March 18, 2016 / 16:46

    I was surprised that the survey didn’t ask
    a) what type of broadband people in the area have (fibre optic, etc)
    b) what the barriers are to having better broadband (availability, landlords not allowing it, cost, etc).
    It was a bit basic all round. I’m told a future survey will cover mobile access.

  2. Lara Ruffle Coles (@lararufflecoles) March 30, 2016 / 11:03

    Forgot to reply to this, we have VirginMedia Broadband and it works very well 99.5% of the time which is pretty good – especially as I study from home and am rarely away from home in the week.

    If not working there is usually a report on the VirginMedia site with a decent time-sensitive update. The internet dropped for a whole morning the other month and the the 1pm fixed estimate was 100% correct – I was used the net again at 12.30!

    – Victoria Way, SE7.

  3. Larry April 5, 2016 / 21:20

    I too use Virgin. Most of the time I get the 100mbs speed that I am paying for – even over wifi in the house. On the rare occasions there is a drop in speed or an outage, Virgin are quick to fix it. I am quite literally “Happy as Larry”.

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