Staffordshire councillor calls for fibre broadband rethink

Tuesday, December 17th 2013
A councillor from Staffordshire has urged the government and housing developers to ensure newly built properties are not excluded from fibre broadband access.
Staffordshire councillor calls for fibre broadband rethink
A Councillor from the town of Burton in Staffordshire has urged the government to extend its fibre broadband targets to include newly built homes.

Ron Clarke, who represents the Burton-based arm of Staffordshire County Council, claims the coalition's Broadband Delivery UK project risks excluding those who move into a new home after their local rollout has taken place, as new properties will not be connected to the next-generation infrastructure.

He told the Burton Mail that there needed to be more "awareness" among the public regarding the issue, saying: "The county council has put millions into this, but I don't think people are aware that it's only for existing properties, not for new ones. People will have to organise their own fibre."

Mr Clarke went on to reveal that he would be contacting housing developers in the local area in an effort to convince them to write the installation of fibre optic broadband into their agreements.

The Better Broadband for Staffordshire programme is currently bringing superfast speeds to homes and businesses throughout the region and aims to provide 97 per cent coverage by the time it is completed.

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