Campaigners criticise Kent super-fast broadband survey

Friday, July 26th 2013
Councillor Mark Dance has told Kent residents that their campaigning for super-fast services in certain areas will be disregarded.
Campaigners criticise Kent super-fast broadband survey
Broadband campaigners who invested a great deal of effort in petitions to ensure super-fast broadband coverage in certain areas of Kent have been left reeling after County Councillor Mark Dance told them their endeavours will have no bearing on the final rollout.

According to the official, a survey currently being carried out by BT will be the determining factor to decide which areas of the county will receive super-fast connectivity, the Westerham Chronicle reports.

In March, it was announced that BT and Kent County Council would be joining forces to deliver the service, with almost half the funding for the £40 million project coming from the telecoms giant.

Parish Councillor in Sundridge Michael Stokes expressed his frustration at how campaigners were treated. He said they had continually asked if their efforts were worthwhile and were given no answer - while those carrying out the rollout continued to publish the results of petition voting, suggesting it was making a difference.

"If we had known we had no say, we could have spent all that time looking into alternatives like using satellites rather than delivering leaflets to every house in the village," he said.

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