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.