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Northern Lincs councils call for broadband champions

Wednesday, April 18th 2012
Residents in north Lincolnshire are being urged to volunteer as broadband champions.
Northern Lincs councils call for broadband champions
North and North-East Lincolnshire councils are calling on local residents to play their part in bringing super-fast broadband to the area.

The local authorities are looking for broadband "champions" who have an interest in the technology and believe that faster connections are essential to the region's economic fortunes.

A survey was launched by the councils just a few weeks ago to discover more about current levels of broadband provision in local communities, with more than 1,000 responses already received.

As the next part of their strategy, the administrations are now looking for enthusiastic individuals to promote the many and varied benefits offered by super-fast broadband.

The role will broadly entail advising key decision-makers on ensuring northern Lincolnshire has access to broadband speeds that are comparable with the rest of the UK.

However, as it is a new position, the councils stressed that the exact details of the job will largely depend on the individual.

John Bullivent, programme director at North Lincolnshire Council, said it is "amazing" that over 1,000 people have already completed the online survey, but insisted that more must do so if the authorities are to succeed in their goal of delivering super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of local homes and businesses.

Commenting on the need for residents to put themselves forward as broadband champions, he stated: "We need your help to get the message across of the many benefits of super-fast broadband and encourage more people to register.

"You will play a vital role in the project and will receive support to help you."

Neil Poole, cabinet member for finance, procurement and IT services at North Lincolnshire Council, added: "Having super-fast broadband will bring this area in line with some of the major UK cities in terms of technology."

The latest Ofcom figures show North-East Lincolnshire's average broadband sync speed stands at 9.1Mbps, while the figure in North Lincolnshire is 6.6Mbps.

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