Sign up for faster broadband

The public are being urged to join the regional campaign for faster broadband speeds by signing up to a survey on internet connectivity.

Warwickshire County Council, in partnership with Solihull and Coventry councils, has been allocated £4.07m by Government for better broadband in the area.

The Government grant needs to be match-funded by the local authorities, and the private sector is also expected to invest a considerably larger amount to ensure that all properties achieve speeds of at least 2Mbps and that 90 per cent of properties achieve at least 24Mbps by the end of 2015.

Cllr Helen Walton, Warwickshire County Council’s spokesperson for the Communities Group, said: “Faster broadband will bring about a step-change in everyone’s lives. The many benefits include the ability to work from home, mobile access to health and care facilities, and improvements in doing business such as less travelling and using ‘cloud’ computing.

“There are so many new technologies which just a few years ago were unthinkable but which are available now – providing you have a fast enough internet connection.”

In order to encourage the private sector to invest in broadband, Warwickshire County Council must demonstrate that it will get a return on the money and that people will actually use the service. To achieve that aim, two questionnaires have been set up – one for businesses and one for residential use. If you work from home please complete both – just because a building does not have a sign over the door, it does not mean that there is no business activity inside! The survey can be found at www.cswbroadband.org.uk

In addition, the county council is recruiting local champions to promote the project within their own villages and to encourage others to sign up. Anyone interested in becoming a champion or requiring further information about the project, can email broadband@warwickshire.gov.uk

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