North Tyne broadband bid is stepped up
Published at 08:00, Wednesday, 14 November 2012
COMMUNITIES in the North Tyne and Redesdale are uniting to back a bid for superfast broadband.
With internet connection slow in the area, local businesses and organisations met this week to throw their weight behind a proposal for fibre optic broadband.
The communities, with the support of Northumberland County Council’s iNorthumberland campaign, are bidding for a slice of Defra’s Rural Community Broadband Fund, which would boost broadband speed to a minimum of 24 megabytes per second.
To gain the funding, the area needs to show that between 50 and 60 per cent of households across the whole area, covering Otterburn, Bellingham, Wark and neighbouring villages, would be interested in receiving the superfast service.
At a packed meeting in Bellingham Town Hall, community members suggested that there was definitely a high demand for the improved broadband.
Chairman of both Falstone Parish Council and Falstone Village Hall, John Carse, said: “Most of us in this area get one megabyte or less, and it is frustratingly slow."
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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