Monday, 18 June 2012

7,000 Local Residents and Businesses Demand Superfast Broadband



Residents and businesses are demonstrating there is strong demand for superfast broadband across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Latest figures show over 7000 residents and businesses have registered their demand for better broadband to support the countywide Connecting Cambridgeshire campaign, launched last month.

But many more people need to register to show telecoms suppliers the level of demand, which will help to bring better broadband to the majority of homes and businesses in the county by 2015.

Connecting Cambridgeshire is working with local councils and community groups to build a network of digital champions across the county to support the campaign.

Growing numbers of residents, businesspeople, parish and village representatives, and local councillors are volunteering to help bring better broadband to the areas where they live and work. Some parishes and villages have been particularly active in supporting the campaign by leafleting all their residents and highlighting the campaign on their websites and at local events

Digital champions can help by:
*       Encouraging people to register their demand - online or on paper reply forms
*       Promoting the benefits that better broadband can bring at home and at work
*       Highlighting the campaign at local events and meetings
*        Showing how better broadband can make a difference to work and home life.

The majority of people have registered their support online on the www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk website, while those without internet access have returned Freepost reply forms, which are widely available with Connecting Cambridgeshire leaflets in libraries and council offices.

It only takes a minute to click on the link to register and it doesn't commit you to anything. You just need to give your postcode and landline phone number.

Local Parish Councillor Andy Pellew said: “It would surprise a great many people to know that even being immediately next to Cambridge in a new development doesn’t guarantee high quality broadband and the further afield the results can be even worse. The more people who register the more chance there is of achieving the schemes aim and improving broadband for all.”

Connecting Cambridgeshire is working with local councils and community groups to build a network of digital champions across the county to support the campaign. A Digital Champions pack of useful materials and links can be obtained by emailing your contact details to contact@connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk