Support the justification for better borough wide superfast broadband
More than 5,000 people living and working in the Royal Borough’s more rural areas don’t have the benefit of access to superfast broadband, or they have very poor service.
If you are one of them or your business is affected, you should register your interest and show the superfast broadband providers that there is a demand.
All you need to do is visit www.superfastberkshire.org.uk/register and register. This does not make any commitment to buy, but does demonstrate that you want broadband to be available where you live or work.
Superfast broadband is great for businesses, gives seamless streaming of video and makes downloading music, internet banking, shopping, social media and the posting of messages for community groups much easier.
The Royal Borough has been working with the five other Berkshire local authorities to get residents involved and demonstrate to internet service providers that there are enough potential users to make their investment in providing superfast broadband to these areas worthwhile.
So far the UK government has allocated more than £5.15m to help roll out superfast broadband in Berkshire and all six local councils are contributing towards match funding – here in the Royal borough we have pledged £650,000 to date. What’s missing is investment from internet providers who need to upgrade local telecoms cabinets with fibre optic connections. They won’t do that without evidence that the demand is there.
Parish Councils have been asked to get involved and nominate superfast champions – volunteers to take the campaign into the heart of their own communities to encourage more people to register.
Register today at www.superfastberkshire.org.uk.