Help bring faster broadband to Bradley Stoke – complete the online surveys by Wednesday!
Local residents have just a few more days to complete two crucial surveys that could determine whether Government and Council money will be used to improve the notoriously slow broadband speeds experienced by many residents and businesses in Bradley Stoke.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has agreed to add £2.2 million of its own money to the £710,000 allocated to the district by Broadband Delivery UK, the Government agency tasked with making the country’s broadband the “best in Europe” by 2015.
The Government has given local Councils until the end of July to appoint a commercial telecommunications provider to install the necessary infrastructure and SGC is due to begin a “mini procurement competition” within the next few months.
The Council is currently undertaking a survey to capture data about residents and businesses’ current broadband service. The data will be used to encourage commercial suppliers to bid for the contract by demonstrating that residents and businesses in South Gloucestershire want access to faster, more reliable broadband services.
The surveys, which include a check of your current broadband speed, can be found here:
- Broadband survey for residents in South Gloucestershire
- Broadband survey for businesses in South Gloucestershire
The Editor comments
I’d urge everyone in Bradley Stoke to complete these surveys, as the results could determine whether the Council chooses to bring superfast (>24Mbps) broadband to our town or bypass it in favour of other areas.
Residents and businesses in Bradley Stoke have already demonstrated exceptional demand for better broadband through our strong showing in BT’s 2010 Race to Infinity competition but it is essential that we keep up the pressure by reinforcing that message with a good showing in SGC’s own survey.
I spoke at the SGC Cabinet meeting on 6th February to emphasise Bradley Stoke’s needs and urged Councillors to set their sights higher than the 90% superfast coverage target they have given themselves – if necessary, by considering additional “community” funding sources (e.g. Town/Parish Councils or street-level community groups).
How disappointing it was to see that our own Town Council couldn’t find any space to promote the SGC broadband surveys in its recently distributed newsletter, preferring instead to use two whole pages each on “the new Bradley Stoke Town Council Office” and “How does a Town Council work?”.
Photo: Cross-party and business support for the Better Broadband Campaign in 2010.
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