Fast broadband campaign books slots in libraries

Broadband campaigners in Cambridgeshire are ramping up their bid to speed up the county’s computers.

The Connecting Cambridgeshire superfast broadband campaign is heading off on the road – to the county’s libraries.

The aim is to encourage more people to voice their demand for better broadband access.

Information about the campaign, which aims to bring superfast broadband to at least 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the county by 2015, will be put on show.

More than 12,500 people have already registered their support but many more are needed to show suppliers where there is demand for better broadband access, the campaigners say.

Cllr David Harty, the county council’s cabinet member for learning, said an information display will be on show in Cambridge Central Library and will tour larger libraries, and  smaller displays will also be taken to rural areas where broadband coverage is poorer.

Library visitors will be able to pick up a leaflet with a freepost reply form or sign up to the campaign using a library computer via www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk.

He said: “Our libraries have an important role to play in supporting the Connecting Cambridgeshire campaign for better broadband.

“Most libraries already offer free internet access and are increasingly making online services available so the public can make use of the latest digital technology to renew books, learn new skills and find out about what’s happening locally. I would encourage as many people as possible to take a few minutes to register for the campaign whilst visiting their local library.”

Cllr Ian Bates, cabinet member for growth and planning, said: “Over 12,500 registrations in just over 12 weeks  is a phenomenal response from the public to this campaign and shows how much pent-up demand there is for superfast broadband.

“Many rural parishes have really got behind the campaign and we have some fantastic digital champions helping to encourage residents and businesses to register.  

“However, we need all our parishes and communities to add their voice to the campaign to make sure the Connecting Cambridgeshire campaign achieves it goal.”

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