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’
RURAL COMMUNITIES ARE BEING HELD BACK BY “OUTRAGEOUSLY” SLOW BROADBAND SPEEDS, NEW ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY OWEN PATERSON HAS ADMITTED.
Owen Paterson, the new Environment Secretary, arriving in Downing Street for the reshuffle last week. Photo: AFP
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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