SLOW broadband speeds in one area of Gloucester are preventing people from making a living, claim campaigners and business owners.
Residents in the Cooper’s Edge estate, near Brockworth, say download speeds in their area rarely go above 1.5MB.
This makes working from home, accessing the internet and downloading files very difficult – and home-based businesses in the estate say they are struggling to expand.
A new group named Cooper’s Edge Fibre Upgrade Campaign has been formed to lobby broadband providers BT for a better connection.
James Scott, co-founder of the campaign, said: “The broadband connection in Cooper’s Edge is diabolical and for years we have been promised that a fibre optic connection will be installed, but it keeps getting pushed back.
“Some people in Cooper’s Edge work as web developers at home and the slow broadband speeds are stopping them from making a living.”
The campaign group, which has more than 400 followers on Facebook and Twitter, said BT had promised to improve the connection in May, only for it to be put on hold.
Ceri Jones, a resident who runs business Edgy Art from home, said: “I’ve been trying to build a website but it’s been a struggle. I can’t upload details of my products and it’s taken me four months just to add the pictures.”
Paul Kerton, who works from home said: “The slow connection means that I’m not as productive as I should be.”
A spokesman for BT said: “The broadband connection in this area is due to be upgraded to fibre optic broadband as part of BT’s £2.5billion investment programme to bring faster fibre broadband to two-thirds of the UK.
“The precise date that the upgrade will go live is not currently available, but readers interested in upgrading should continue to check with their chosen service provider for updates.”