100th Local Community Broadband Champion Recruited

A project that aims to bring superfast broadband to the rural areas of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire has just recruited its 100th Local Community Broadband Champion. Mark Skinner of Arley registered through the website www.cswbroadband.org.uk and was surprised to find that he was the 100th person to register to help their local community.

Mark said: “I live in a rural community where we know that we will never get decent broadband unless we engage with the CSW Broadband project. We have been running a campaign with our local Borough Councillors Carol Fox and Karen Barber, and being part of the main project means that we will now get the resources and support to really make a difference. It is so important for us to be able to communicate, to work from home, and for our young people to be able to access educational materials, that I felt I wanted to do something to help. We are asking residents to complete the online surveys at www.cswbroadband.org.uk as that is the only way that we can prove to the telecoms companies that there is enough demand in this area to make a viable business case”.

As a Local Community Broadband Champion Mark will work with others in the Arley area to make sure that people are aware of the benefits of superfast broadband and that they all play their part in helping to show demand for improved services in their area.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities said: “I am pleased that so many community-minded residents are prepared to run local campaigns that will really make a difference to their local area. We will provide all of the materials and guidance that they need and will give every help that we can to ensure that the project is a success. We are still actively recruiting Champions across the County – the more we can find the more successful the project is likely to be”.

Photo left to right: Cllr Carol Fox, Mark Skinner, Cllr Karen Barber

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