residents urged to join campaign for faster broadband
major project that aims to bring super-fast broadband Internet
to Somerset is calling on Burnham-On-Sea residents to add their
voices calling for the new technology.
The group 'Connecting Devon and Somerset' has issued a call to
arms, appealing to Burnham residents and businesses to help them
secure super-fast broadband for the region.
The project is a collaboration between Somerset County Council
and Devon County Council alongside North Somerset Council, Plymouth
City Council and Torbay Council.
It aims to provide 100% broadband coverage of 2Mbps with a minimum
of 85% superfast broadband at 24Mbps by 2015 and superfast broadband
for all by 2020.
The campaign is asking residents to complete a survey about their
current online activity. Questions are about current broadband
speeds, what you would be prepared to pay and what faster speeds
will mean to you.
councils need at least 10,000 responses across the region.
The project secured £31 million of funding from the government
agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) last year and both Somerset
and Devon County Councils will be putting in up to £10 million
Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Councils Cabinet
Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We need everyone to get behind us on this. Although we have
up to £51 million already, we must secure further investment
from the private sector. To do this we need to provide evidence
that there is a strong demand for superfast broadband. It is the
only way we will reach many rural areas and market towns."
"It really is a call to arms. If we dont have the
evidence, we cant convince commercial suppliers to go into
partnership with us. This has real implications for economic growth
and the competitiveness of our businesses as well as our ability
to provide services."
According to Ofcom, almost 18% of premises across both counties
are getting less than 2 Mbps. In Somerset, just 4% of the county
can access superfast broadband. Click
here to respond to the online survey.