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Broadband Campaign

A campaign has been launched in Hethersett to speed up Internet Broadband connections.

A recent article on the BBC web site named Hethersett as a “Broadband black spot” with the fourth slowest connection speed in the country.

As a result local residents have launched a campaign to lobby BT to increase the speed from the current 1.6 mbps (mega bytes per second) to something more acceptable. BT have set up a “Race to Infinity” web site where the public can vote for their own areas to receive ultra high speed fibre optic Broadband which the company will be rolling out over the next five years.

Local communities are being given the chance to fast track their way to Broadband heaven but to qualify for consideration they have to generate at least 1,000 votes by the end of the year. The five areas with the largest percentage of votes will be fast tracked.

Hethersett South Norfolk Councillor David Bills is putting his weight firmly behind the campaign:

“This is not acceptable for a village so close to cutting-edge technology like Norwich Research Park, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the University of East Anglia. Nor is it good for South Norfolk's economic development. Hethersett deserves better. I call on as many residents as can to sign the partition. We need to get 1000 signatures to further our aim of improved speed,” he said.

The campaign has also received the support of Hethersett Parish Council which has highlighted the slow speeds in the latest edition of Hethersett Newsletter which is distributed throughout the village.

The campaign is also being highlighted on the village’s web site which is owned an edited by Hethersett resident Peter Steward.

“It is essential that Hethersett has fast Broadband but at the present time we seem to be playing catch up with the rest of the country. It is difficult to comprehend that such a go-ahead community as Hethersett can be struggling to keep up with the rest of the country when it comes to technology and this is something that BT should be addressing as a matter of urgency,” he said.

By the end of last week Hethersett had received almost 300 votes on the BT site at http://www.racetoinfinity.bt.com

“The campaign is gathering pace but we still need at least another 700 people to register by the end of the year,” Peter Steward added.