The Regional Development Agency One NorthEast and Onyx Internet, also in conjunction with www.n-e-life.com and BT are working towards increasing the penetration of Broadband services in the North East.
The initial campaign targets the Hexham, Morpeth and Bishop Auckland areas, which either have Broadband now or will do shortly. In these areas the first 350 customers in each community will be able to claim a free modem (worth £100) and free activation (worth £60) for their ADSL line.
A further part of the campaign is to target areas without ADSL now, mainly Alnwick, Barnard Castle, Berwick, Guisborough, Crook and Trimdon. The hope is to provide some form of Broadband that suits each local area and again subsidise the startup costs for local people and businesses.
The number of regional initiatives appears to be growing almost daily, and it is good to see service providers getting involved. The successful initiatives should work as a boost to people in areas where the chances of Broadband arriving seem nil, in other words it can be done. Unfortunately it will involve some work along the way.
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