A strong case for better Broadband
AN OVERWHELMING case for boosting broadband speeds in villages in the Lutterworth area has been made after almost a thousand people responded to a survey calling for action.
Hundreds of residents and businesses in Ullesthorpe, Leire and the Claybrookes, among others, said they were unsatisfied with the current service and asked for improvements
All the villages are serviced by a telephone exchange in Leire, which, earlier this year, campaigners said was out of date.
The results of the Leicestershire County Council-led survey are now being fed back to internet providers, and it is hoped action will be taken to start introducing super-fast broadband in some of those rural areas in the latter part of 2013.
Maggie Pankhurst, from Ullesthorpe, who arranged a public meeting in the village earlier this year to discuss the issue, said she had been delighted with the response to the survey.
She added: “I think it shows that there is a demand for a better service and reflects the frustration people have with the almost non-existent service we receive at the moment.”
Ullesthorpe-area county councillor Rosita Page also said she was pleased with the response and hoped the service would improve matters for small businesses.
She added: “There are quite a number of small, cottage businesses in the area for who a fast internet connection is even more important than domestic users.
“There was a very active campaign in this area and hopefully it will bear fruit.”
Leicestershire County Council has allocated £4.3 million to improve broadband speeds in rural areas in the county, which will be added to £3.1 million put up by the Government.
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