SOME of Warwickshire oldest villages are among the next set to benefit from superfast fibre broadband. Barford, Wasperton, and Ladbroke are among the communities included in the latest part of the CSW Broadband roll-out, which is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme being spearheaded locally by Warwickshire County Council and BT. County council spokesman Coun Alan Cockburn said: “Many of these communities will have seen the fibre network getting closer to them, but until now they have not been able to benefit from faster broadband.
“This will change, and over the coming 12 months residents and businesses in these areas will be able to upgrade their service and take advantage of a wide range of broadband packages from the full marketplace of internet service providers.”
16:48 Monday 11 July 2016
An alpaca, an attorney general, broadband champions and villagers frustrated by old technology united in a celebration on Friday. The cause for all this rejoicing was an unremarkable green cabinet on the side of the A45 which has come on stream to give Willoughby access at last to superfast broadband. Rural areas which have been lagging behind in the race for faster connections have been given hope by the CSW Broadband project, which is led by BT and Warwickshire County Council.
Willoughby s cabinet is the 300th to go live as a result and it will serve some 185 homes and businesses in the village. Attorney General Jeremy Wright was there in his capacity as the village s MP and was joined by representatives of CSW Broadband and campaigning residents happy to be moving out of the slow lane. Mr Wright said: CSW Broadband has an ambition to achieve 98 per cent coverage by 2018, and this cabinet is another step towards those targets.
Residents and businesses in Willoughby can now join the information superhighway and work is underway to improve connectivity across the Leam Valley area.
Dr Jeremy Stocker, who owns Willoughby Alpacas said: Access to fast broadband will allow us to set up a website for our growing alpaca business. Landlord of The Rose Inn, Rudi Prymaka, said: As we live in the pub it will be great for us to be able to stream TV and films so we can watch them at a time to suit us. We currently provide wi-fi for our customers, but it is slow and unreliable.
A watchdog will give broadband firms a huge shake-up in response to misleading adverts and deals, it has emerged. Regulator Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered providers – from Sky and TalkTalk to Virgin Media – to inform customers of their full costs in adverts. According to research by the ASA and fellow watchdog Ofcom, customers have been left confused after companies failed to reveal line rentals, contract lengths, and prices after promotions.
The joint study discovered less than a quarter of broadband users were able to work out the total monthly fee for the service after watching a TV commercial. Eight in ten, meanwhile, did not understand the full cost of a broadband contract when asked to calculate it. The ASA wants providers to show up-front and monthly fees so customers can tell at a glance how much deals cost.
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The new advertising rules come into force on October 31 and ASA chief executive Guy Parker said: We recognise the importance of broadband services to people s lives at work and at home.
The findings of our research, and other factors we took into account, showed the way prices have been presented in broadband ads is likely to confuse and mislead customers.
This new tougher approach has been developed to make sure consumers are not misled and get the information they need to make well-informed choices.
The programme from the company aims to search for local communities who may benefit from an ultrafast broadband boost as part of its 3billion network expansion plan across the UK. Homes and businesses within Warwickshire3 could benefit from an ultrafast optical fibre broadband connection delivered direct to their door, as part of Virgin Media s Project Lightning network expansion.