Can Owen Paterson, the new Secretary Of State for the Environment do something to help us?

Curteis Ltd contracted with Talktalk in May to provide a fast broadband link of 10 mbps in our rural location.  The price was outrageous at GBP 57,000, plus GBP1,300 a month, for a cable two miles long to be clipped to telegraph poles.  Worse still Talktalk contracted with BT to do the job, and since May, absolutely nothing has happened.  

No work has been started, and no date has been given for the work to commence.  July was stated to be the completion date.  

Owen Paterson is our local MP.  He has stated he will support us.  Will he now go public, and put a bomb under British Telecom and get the link installed, which we were promised five months ago?  He has passed our case to his Private Secretary to see what can be done.  DEFRA, his department has grant funds available to push rural broadband forwards.  Owen has already removed some of the planning restrictions.

TELEGRAPH – Faster broadband and a new hotline for a countryside ‘revolution’


Owen Paterson, the new Environment Secretary, arriving in Downing Street for the reshuffle last week.

Owen Paterson, the new Environment Secretary, arriving in Downing Street for the reshuffle last week. Photo: AFP
Louise Gray
By , Environment Correspondent
7:00AM BST 12 Sep 2012
Owen Paterson said broadband access was crucial if the rural economy was to be reinvigorated, claiming that faster internet speeds would bring more prosperity to the countryside than canals and railways did in the industrial revolution.
Mr Paterson has promised to “revolutionise” the countryside by speeding up broadband, relaxing planning rules and promoting renewable energy.
According to the latest figures from Ofcom, one in 10 Britons have broadband speeds of less than 2 megabits per second, despite Government promises for the whole country to have “superfast” connections by 2015. It is thought most of the households with slow speeds, which make it impossible to do many important tasks in an office, are in the countryside.
In his first move since taking the reins at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Paterson announced a range of measures intended to make it easier to do business in rural areas. He announced plans to make it easier to convert barns into offices and millions of pounds to help communities build wind farms. There will also be a complaints hotline for people to contact if the Government breaks its promises on rejuvenating the rural economy.
Mr Paterson said his priority was broadband speed. “The internet has the power to overcome the problem of rural isolation. It can revolutionise rural job opportunities, community life and the whole rural economy.
TAP – He can’t really believe in toxic windmill power.  Maybe he’s attempting to hand over the decision to local level, where all projects will get conveniently buried.
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4 Responses to “Can Owen Paterson, the new Secretary Of State for the Environment do something to help us?”

  1. horehound says:

    By the time people in rural areas who do not have broadband finally get it, 4/5g will have arrived anyway and it’ll have been a total waste of taxpayer cash.

  2. Tapestry says:

    If it’s such a waste of time, why are cities being wired with fibre optic cable. In reality, the corporations want to keep the internet for themselves, and the elites don’t want mere peasants like us getting our hands on instant global communication.

    It’s a bit like saying people in rural locations don’t need canals because railways will make them obsolete thirty years later. We want fast internet now, OK.

  3. horehound says:

    You can have it if you pay for it, why should it be subsidised by the taxpayer, moving to a rural location and then complaining about the broadband speed is as ridiculous as the people who live near Heathrow and then complain about the noise of the planes.

  4. Tapestry says:

    My ancestors moved to the place in 950 AD. I am the 43rd generation since we arrived. I can afford to pay for the broadband, but does it really cost GBP 57,000 to clip a cable onto two miles of telegraph poles? The fact is they don’t want to deliver it to us, but keep the internet all for themselves. They don’t like the internet getting faster and better. They are worried at the loss of control.

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