Rural internet users fed up waiting for faster connection [Gloucestershire Echo (England)]
(Gloucestershire Echo (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) IF NOT now, then when? That's the question being asked in the Cotswolds as homeowners and businesses wait to be connected to superfast broadband.
Gloucestershire County Council is in the middle of its Pounds 56.6million Fastershire project which will see thousands of miles of optical fibre cable laid down to connect everyone to the internet as part of a bid to boost business.
But some communities in the Cotswolds and in other rural areas still don't know when they will benefit.
Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach) believes the authority needs to clarify the situation and spell out the criteria used to choose which areas will benefit before others. He will demand answers when the council meets at Shire Hall tomorrow.
He said: The county council has pledged to introduce fast broadband across the whole county but the issue we have in the Cotswolds and other rural areas is that here we are, almost into the final quarter of 2013 and there has been firm progress in some areas to get faster, but there are large swathes of rural areas where there is no date set at all.
For example, Chedworth is a medium-size village which has absolutely no date set, so people are questioning in areas like that what the criteria is for deciding which towns and villages get this broadband before everyone else.
There are a lot of small businesses in these areas.
They want faster broadband to be able to work effectively.
I have been contacted by a number of people asking when they are going to get this broadband given that the clock is ticking.
This is an important issue and the administration cannot forget about it.
The aim of the Fastershire rollout is to connect the entire county to broadband to allow for fast internet access.
The authority announced at the end of July that work would start in Lechlade, Fairford and South Cerney in late summer this year with customers potentially being able to connect before Christmas.
The overall project will see approximately 2,500km of optical fibre cable laid across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
It is hoped 90 per cent of homes and businesses will be receiving fast broadband by the end of 2016.
But the ultimate target is to be able to provide broadband with download speeds of 24 megabits per second or above to anyone who wants it by 2018.
There has been firm progress in some areas, but there are large swathes of rural areas where there is no date set at all. Paul Hodgkinson
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