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PRESSURE is increasing for more powerful broadband services in Grantham.

The Journal is backing a campaign for superfast broadband across the county, which is seen as essential to growth and prosperity across Lincolnshire.

Business people and familes are being urged to sign up online to the Say Yes to Better Broadband project.

Already, large numbers of people from the Journal’s circulation area have lent their support, bringing the countywide total towards 10,000.

Coun Kelly Smith, Executive Member for Finance and HR at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It’s hard to imagine life without the internet. Yet in some parts of Lincolnshire, what many of us now take for granted remains out of reach.

“We want to change that, but we need your support. 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, helping turn the county’s broadband ‘not-spots’ into ‘hot-spots’.”

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 2Mpbs for the remaining premises.

Businesses in Grantham also have a key role to play in the fight for better broadband.

The aim is to get more businesses across Lincolnshire to register with the OnLincolnshire website by November and the names will then be used to lobby service providers to put a better infrastructure in place.