Journal spearheads bid to accelerate broadband

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IT’S hard to imagine life without the Internet – no Google, no Facebook and no eBay.

We have truly entered the digital age. Yet in some parts of Lincolnshire, what many of us now take for granted remains out of reach.

That’s why local communities are being urged to support a project bidding to turn the county’s broadband ‘not-spots’ into ‘hot-spots’.

The Grantham Journal is asking residents to Say Yes to Better Broadband by backing the OnLincolnshire project.

People can lend their voice by registering their details at www.onlincolnshire.org. The more people that register, the easier it’ll be to encourage commercial suppliers to invest in improved services.

Grantham Journal editor Paul Richardson said: “The Journal is getting right behind this campaign on behalf of our readers.

“So many of us rely these days on the internet to go about our daily lives, it is imperative that we have a fast, efficient broadband service.

“This is a basic requirement so people can do business online, access vital services, take part in democratic processes and generally stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues.

“It really is not good enough that Lincolshire is missing out and I urge everyone to sign up for this campaign.”

The Lincolnshire County Council-led project aims to bring superfast broadband speeds of at least 24Mbps to 90per cent of homes and businesses in the county by 2015, with a guaranteed 2Mbps for the remaining premises.

Coun Kelly Smith, executive member for finance at the county council, said: “Over the next few years, we’ll be rolling out superfast broadband technology across the county. Around £57 million of private and public sector money will be invested in this, including £10m from the county council and £4m from the district councils. This will ensure our communities aren’t left behind in the digital age.

“Residents can help by registering at www.onlincolnshire.org, proving to commercial suppliers that there’s demand for next-generation broadband. This will encourage them to invest more of their own money in improving services.”

Those without access to the Internet can still add their voice by calling Lincolnshire County Council’s Customer Service Department on 01522 782006 and giving their details. Alternatively, people can use a computer at their local library to sign up.

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