Appeal to boost broadband speeds across Mansfield

Councillor Gordon Wheeler
Councillor Gordon Wheeler

MORE than 10,000 homes and 600 businesses in Mansfield could get faster broadband if a county-wide campaign gets support from the public.

Across Nottinghamshire there are an estimated 116,000 homes and businesses which are lagging behind the rest of the country with speeds of less than 2mbps or in many cases no broadband at all.

Average broadband speeds across the UK have recently gone up from 7mbps to 9mbps.

The county council launched its Superfast Broadband in Notts campaign last month and has received more than 3,000 pledges of support from frustrated residents and businesses.

The campaign aims to get at least 5,000 pledges of support which will then be used to prove to telecoms companies that there is a high level of demand for decent broadband speeds across the county.

Estimated cost for the scheme is £17m. Nottinghamshire County Council has pledged £2.5, £4.25m has been provisionally allocated by Government and the seven district councils have pledged £1m.

Coun Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We have been inundated with pledges of support . Bad broadband is suffocating the local economy and preventing growth. The louder the message we can send that there is a demand for broadband the greater the chance we will get it and get it sooner.”

To pledge support visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/broadband or call 08449 80 80 80.