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Northumberland - tell the council your broadband situation
Wednesday 02 November 2011 11:33:57 by Andrew Ferguson

Another council is working towards trying to build a picture of the state of broadband in the county, and not from what the providers themselves say, but rather what residents and businesses in the area say. Broadband4Northumberland has a survey running with the aim of helping the County Council prepare its bid for the £7m of funding allocated to the County by the BDUK.

Most County Councils around the UK are running similar schemes, and they present a chance for residents to have some degree of input into the process. So if broadband is particularly important to you, and you do not get a good service now, do fill in the survey and make sure your friends and neighbours do.

The Northumberland Gazette also has the contact details for people who are willing to act as a broadband champion in their area, to collect data from those not online.

If your council does not have a survey running, now is the time to get in touch with them, and find out what their plans are for ensuring that slow-spots and not-spots are covered with superfast broadband where possible.

Update 3rd November: The Council also is running the iNorthumberland website, where people will be able to follow updates to the roll-out process in Northumberland, the tag line for the website 'Connecting communities through broadband...' is a nice succinct summary of the aim for current broadband plans around the UK.


Posted by zyborg47 over 5 years ago
Seems familiar, had a leaflet though the door yesterday with fastbroadband4Herefordshire plastered on it and a survey attached,
I did the survey online, but I doubt it will come to anything. Northumberland website looks as bad as ours.
Posted by TavistockSFB01822 over 5 years ago
Surveys are just a way of pleasing the people who do not see them as futile. Do areas really need a survey to deliver superfast broadband? These are delaying money wasting tatics as an area without superfast broadband is known.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
As a way of showing how they targetted a limited amount of money at a future date then they are useful.

Also if going to ask for EU or private funding, there is a need to show data for the requirements, and Ofcom does not give enough low level data.
Posted by fastman over 5 years ago
Tavistosk Council will have some view a view on black white grey (black commercial funded, White Commercial excluded, Grey(not decisioned) but local surveys will aid, identify important / strategic areas of economic regeneration and development which can help with funding if those are in white / grey areas - so surverys are invaluable in that respect
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