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LETTER: We need high speed broadband in our rural communities

THERE has been much press in recent years about fibre broadband and money spent to make sure rural communities are not disadvantaged.

So, here is a question to Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron1: Is there anything you can please do for the disadvantaged in the Cartmel valley?

Yes, Cartmel has wonderful broadband we hear, but a mile outside and beyond towards Newby Bridge, none of the outlying communities, many of whom have households running businesses from home, children trying to do homework research, people like myself trying to work from home – do not have high speed broadband.

In fact, some days we have virtually no broadband.

Yes, work is ongoing to try to resolve this but the years keep passing by.

Louise Shrapnel

Field Broughton

References

  1. ^ Tim Farron (www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk)

Thousands of South Gloucestershire residents to benefit from rollout of ultrafast broadband

THOUSANDS of people in South Gloucestershire are set to benefit from an ongoing rollout of ultrafast fibre broadband.

The new BT service will be provided to even more towns and villages in the region following a successful bid by South Gloucestershire Council for funding totalling ?3million. The investment will bring ultrafast and Next Generation Access broadband to approximately 4,300 homes and businesses in South Gloucestershire by the end of 2018. Communities to benefit in the latest phase of the programme include some rural areas not previously covered by the rollout and remaining communities from the previous two phases.

These include: Almondsbury, Alveston, Aust, Bitton, Bromley Heath, Cold Ashton, Cromhall, Dodington, Downend, Doynton, Falfield, Frampton Cotterell, Hanham Abbots, Hanham, Hawkesbury, Horton, Iron Acton, Kingswood, Marshfield, Olveston, Patchway, Pilning, Severn Beach, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Rockhampton, Soundwell, Siston, Sodbury, Tormarton, Tortworth, Westerleigh, Wick, Abson, Wickwar, Winterbourne and Yate. All areas are subject to the standard survey and planning work which will need to be carried out. Cllr John Goddard, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: “So far, more than 20,000 homes and businesses have been able to access fibre broadband as part of our rollout across South Gloucestershire.

“We have always said that we are committed to providing an improved broadband service to as much of the district as possible and this latest investment could see up to 99 per cent of premises covered when combined with the commercial programme.”

Work to provide the service will start later this year with more information on when communities will be able to benefit from the final phase of the rollout publicised in due course.

For more information about broadband in South Gloucestershire visit www.southglos.gov.uk/broadband1

References

  1. ^ www.southglos.gov.uk/broadband (www.southglos.gov.uk)

Superfast Worcestershire Broadband Programme committed to delivering broadband in Worcestershire take part in …

MEMBERS of a team committed to delivering broadband in Worcestershire will be taking part in an annual charity event this weekend. Superfast Worcestershire Broadband Programme, which includes employees from Worcestershire County Council1, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, BT and Openreach, will be taking time out from delivering high-speed fibre broadband across the county to tackle Worcester Dragon Boat Racing Club’s annual charity regatta – Race the Dragon. The race involved 25 teams and will be held this Sunday, July 2, on the River Severn by Pitchcroft.

The 17-strong crew from Worcestershire LEP, WCC, BT and Openreach, all involved in the programme to make fibre broadband available, will be wearing Superfast Worcestershire vests and raising money for Worcester-based Onside Advocacy. The charity provides advocacy and other support services to ensure fairness and equality for adults who may be vulnerable, disadvantaged or discriminated against. Adam Johnstone, a senior project manager for Openreach, said: “Working on a project like Superfast Worcestershire, we know how important team work is.”

Anyone who would like to support the crew in their fundraising can make an online donation at justgiving.com/fundraising/superfastworcestershire.

References

  1. ^ Worcestershire County Council (www.ledburyreporter.co.uk)