Ten thousand people have registered in just
ten weeks for a major campaign to bring superfast broadband to
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The speed at which the Connecting
Cambridgeshire campaign has reached the milestone total shows
how strongly householders and businesspeople feel about getting
Council leaders are celebrating the latest
figures - but they say many more people need to register their
support for the campaign if they are to secure vital investment
from broadband suppliers to bring superfast broadband
to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said:
“Securing superfast broadband and increasing our connectivity will
help to attract new businesses, innovation and enterprise, as well
as encouraging more people to work from home, or remotely, so
reducing traffic congestion.
“We all have a vital role to play in
supporting the campaign to show broadband suppliers the high levels
of demand for better broadband, so we can make our vision a
Councillor Nick Clarke, Leader of Cambridgeshire County
Council, said: “This is a fantastic response to the first ten weeks
of our campaign to get Cambridgeshire connected and clearly shows
there is huge demand for better broadband, which is vital for our
businesses and communities to thrive.
“The more people that register the fact they
want superfast broadband the more chance of it being delivered, so
I would urge everyone to ‘click’ for Cambridgeshire and help us to
make it happen.”
Householders and businesses can register their
demand for better broadband in minutes online at http://www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk/,
or by returning Freepost reply forms available in leaflets at
libraries, council offices and community outlets.
A growing network of digital champions from
village, parishes, community groups and businesses are helping to
support the campaign. To volunteer, email your contact details to
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough
City Council as well as the Government body Broadband Delivery UK
(BDUK) have together committed up to £30 million to the Connecting
They are working with District Councils and
partners in business, health and education to bring superfast
broadband to at least 90% of businesses and homes across
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and better connectivity for all
remaining premises by 2015.