campaign has been launched in Hethersett to speed up Internet Broadband
recent article on the BBC web site named Hethersett as a “Broadband black
spot” with the fourth slowest connection speed in the country.
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.
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.
South Norfolk Councillor David Bills is putting his weight firmly behind the
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.
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.
campaign is also being highlighted on the village’s web site which is owned
an edited by Hethersett resident Peter Steward.
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.
the end of last week Hethersett had received almost 300 votes on the BT site
campaign is gathering pace but we still need at least another 700 people to
register by the end of the year,” Peter Steward added.