Do you want faster Broadband?
Businesses and residents are being urged to say now if they want
faster Broadband for the future.
Worcestershire County Council is working with partner
organisations to increase Broadband speeds locally. Local people
are now needed to help to make this a reality by completing the
Faster Broadband is important to residents and local businesses.
To ensure Worcestershire is 'Open for Business' local businesses
have said that broadband speed is a key consideration for when
choosing their location and slower speeds hold their business
Significant local authority funding has been allocated to enable
faster broadband including funding from Broadband Delivery UK
(BDUK) of £3.35m. Local people are now being urged to take part in
the Broadband Survey so the Council can provide evidence of demand
to suppliers in order to get the best deal possible for
Anyone who wants to get behind the efforts to make Faster
Broadband for Worcestershire a reality can do so electronically by
Paper copies of the questionnaire are also being made available in
public libraries, Contact Centres and with Parish Councils. Anyone
signed up to Facebook can show support and 'like' the Facebook page
set up to keep communities up to date with the latest
information as it develops.
When completing the survey, the council is encouraging people to
think ahead to what they need for the future. Internet speeds have
increased hugely over the last ten years - in the 1990s,
downloading a 2 hour video would have been largely unheard and
would have taken approximately 60 hours as dial-up Internet only
reached up to 56Kbps. With the advent of Broadband in the 2000s,
download times reduced markedly and people with access to Superfast
Broadband today can now download a 2 hour film in under 10
Faster Broadband also enables and speeds up other online and
communications activities which are vital to both residents and
businesses including: video conferencing; keeping in touch via
email and social media; accessing services; shopping and banking;
online promotion and opening up new markets for businesses.
Councillor Simon Geraghty, Worcestershire County
Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and
Infrastructure, said: "I would encourage businesses and
residents to take part in the short survey and enable us to show
where there is particular demand for faster broadband locally. We
are committed to ensuring Worcestershire is 'Open for Business' and
supporting our local economy".
Councillor Phil Grove, Portfolio Holder for Economic
Development at Malvern Hills District Council said: We
want as many people as possible to complete the survey and
demonstrate that there is the need for faster broadband across the
district. We should not just be thinking about the requirements we
have now but about the provisions and services we will want in the
future to support our local businesses and residents.”
Residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in the
short survey for Faster Broadband before it closes on 2nd
September 2012. Further information is available at
, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 01905 766432. Those without
Internet access can pick up a paper copy of the questionnaire from
a public library or by using the computers in libraries.