Find out how to get faster broadband

The internet is playing an increasingly important role in modern home life. Residents can find out more about how to get superfast broadband at three open events in May.

The events are at:

  • Tuesday 1 May: Trinity Church,Coleshill Road, Atherstone, from 7pm to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday 16 May: Council Chamber, Elizabeth House, Stratford-Upon-Avon, from 7pm to 8:30pm
  • Tuesday 22 May: Committee Room 2, Shire Hall, Warwick, from 7pm to 8.30pm

With a superfast broadband (24Mbps or more) internet connection residents can benefit from a range of leisure activities such as:

  • staying in contact with friends using social media
  • having a free video conversation with relatives around the world using Skype
  • safely and securely work from home using cloud computing
  • manage your private accounts using services such as online banking
  • children can have access to online learning resources to help with homework and studies

Many homes across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire do not currently have the ability to connect to modern, fast and reliable internet connections. Warwickshire County Council is leading the project to improve the broadband in our rural areas — and we need the help of the public.

Internet suppliers will only invest in building broadband infrastructure if they can guarantee sufficient demand for a good return on investment. This is why urban areas receive the best internet connectivity and why public funds are required to assist with the large investments needed to reach our rural areas – central and local government are investing over £8m in this project.

Telecoms providers who will tender for the work will have to invest significantly more than the public subsidy to build the infrastructure and they will only do this in areas which demonstrate the greatest demand.

If you have not already done so please complete the broadband survey that is located at http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/ — there is one survey for domestic use and one for business use, so if you run a business or work from home please do both – and encourage your neighbours to do it as well because the more people that respond from a given area the higher priority it will be.

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