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The Northern Lincolnshire Broadband Champion launch took place on Tuesday May 29 at the Kingsway Business Centre in Scunthorpe – and it was a huge success.

The event was well represented by residents, businesses, and North and North East Lincolnshire Council representatives keen to support the government’s plan to bring superfast broadband to those areas that currently have no or limited broadband – mainly rural areas by 2015.

As a result of the event, the council has now recruited around 20 volunteers.
Broadband champions who attended the launch last night, were ready to promote the benefits and completion of surveys by engaging with their local communities at events, local groups, clubs and businesses, to show that North and North East Lincolnshire has the demand for better broadband so we can prove our need to perspective telecoms providers.

We need to have 5,000 residents and 500 business surveys completed by the end July 2012. Currently 2,100 residents and 220 businesses have completed the survey.

Cllr Neil Poole, cabinet member for policy and resources at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We are keen to work with local communities by adopting the support of the local broadband champions who are willing to raise the profile of broadband and its benefits to both businesses and residents in their community.

“Without a doubt, broadband champions will play a vital role in helping us stimulate interest and get people’s support, so we can demonstrate that there is a clear demand for broadband. We need as much support as possible, so help us reach our target and show the Government that we need faster broadband.

”If anyone else would like to be a broadband champion, please get in touch with Yvonne Thompson on 01724 296926.”

How you can get involved

If you want to ensure we can reach our target by pledging your support, you can do this by visiting www.northernlincsbroadband.info and complete a quick survey or contact Yvonne Thompson on 01724 296926 who will be happy to complete the survey for you. It takes less than five minutes, there will be no obligation to subscribe to the services when launched, but in registering your interest you will help Northern Lincolnshire get better broadband.

What will superfast broadband mean to you?

Business

• Supports sustainable economic growth in rural areas and small business and home based business growth.
• Maximises economic resilience for rural businesses, by providing greater flexibility and competitiveness.
• Supports competition of the economy as a whole.

Personal

• Enables people to do what they do now without broadband but more productively (value of time saved).
• Enables people to do more using existing applications, as well as enabling them to do new things.
• Facilitates more flexible working that saves on travel time/costs for people, and makes it possible to pursue employment opportunities further from home.

Social impact

• Gives businesses operating and people living in rural areas the ability to fully participate in society and access information, entertainment and services in a wide range of areas, including:

– Public services and information
– Education/life-long learning
– Financial services, including internet banking, online applications for loans, cost comparison websites etc
– Business services
– Entertainment e.g. pay TV services
– Independent living