Despite Manchester selling itself as a digital city, flats and houses in its centre still lack the most up-to-date fibre optic internet connection – even though businesses DO have the service.
Residents are now petitioning providers to get them up to speed, arguing Manchester is being ‘held back’ from superfast downloads and streaming of games, music, and live footage.
Last summer the council was granted cash to roll out fibre optic broadband to nearly 30,000 homes without it.
But at the last minute Brussels blocked the move – arguing subsidies should not be used for services that could be provided by private industry.
But no internet firms have so far presented plans to roll out the service.