Votes calling for the Almondsbury telephone exchange, which serves much of Bradley Stoke, to be upgraded to superfast fibre optic broadband have reached the 800 mark.
BT’s nationwide Race to Infinity competition calls on residents and business to vote for their local exchange to be upgraded and the five areas gaining the most votes, as a percentage of the total number of subscribers, will be fast-tracked through the upgrade process.
Leaflets advertising the competition have been delivered by enthusiastic residents and Town Councillors to more than 3,000 homes in the town, resulting in a surge in the voting figures for our two local exchanges, Almondsbury and Filton.
Recent contributors to the community-driven campaign include a group of Bradley Stoke Liberal Democrats (photo, above), who leafleted over two hundred homes last Saturday and Cllrs Brian Hopkinson and Sarah Pomfret (both Conservative, representing Stoke Lodge and Central Bradley Stoke), who have funded a fourth campaign banner.
The new banner is now on show over the shop front of Global Equity, main agents for the Stroud & Swindon Building Society, on the A38 at Patchway.
Cllr Hopkinson told The Journal:
“The facts are that our current BT exchanges are currently not able to support superfast broadband.”
“Taking part in what BT are calling the Race to Infinity gives everyone locally a chance to help all our residents get this superfast service.”
If you haven’t yet done so, please visit www.racetoinfinity.bt.com now to cast your vote.
Anyone with a landline is entitled to vote – you don’t need to be a BT customer. So even if you’re a Virgin Media customer already enjoying superfast broadband speeds, please take a few seconds to help the less fortunate in our community. Entering the competition does not oblige you to take any services from BT.
Current projections suggest that, if the momentum can be sustained, the Almondsbury exchange would be one of less than 20 in the country (out of 2,495 eligible exchanges) to satisfy the terms of BT’s Race to Infinity challenge, putting it in a very strong position for being included in the next round of fibre optic upgrades to be announced early next year.
The Journal is also currently promoting a ‘Cable my Street‘ campaign to get Virgin Media to complete its network in Bradley Stoke. The latest figures suggest that around 4,000 homes in 54 streets [list] don’t have access to the company’s cable network. So far, 110 residents have emailed to register their interest in taking up the company’s services should it decide to cable their street.
Local MP Jack Lopresti will once again be supporting the local broadband campaign at the Willow Brook Centre on Saturday (11th December) from 11am to 1pm.
Related link: Better Broadband Campaign (The Journal)
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