Suffolk village to hold broadband summit

Friday, June 21st 2013
A meeting will take place in Battisford today to discuss the village's poor broadband service.
Suffolk village to hold broadband summit
Residents and businesses in the Suffolk village of Battisford have organised a public meeting to discuss the poor state of broadband services.

A BT manager is set to attend today's (June 21st 2013) event, giving attendees the opportunity to express their frustration at their slow internet connectivity and ask what is being done to improve it, reports the East Anglian Daily Times.

Parish Council Chairman Chris Knock said people are being forced to travel to nearby towns in a bid to access a decent broadband connection, due to the "intermittent service" currently available in the village.

He insisted that Battisford has a "lively community" but is being held back by its poor-quality broadband, which prevents local businesses from functioning normally.

"There's increasing frustration that complaints to BT are not leading to anything," Mr Knock explained. "There are people who are very annoyed. Broadband is an essential utility and we do not have good access to it."

For its part, BT stressed that it has already done plenty to improve broadband provision in Suffolk, with more than half of local properties able to access fibre optic-based connectivity.

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