Some 3,600 Wiltshire residents and 425 businesses filled in a survey that looked into the current state of broadband in the county and what people in the area wanted. 20% of residents claiming their current connection was never adequate, which increased to 44% when looking at business responses, demand for superfast broadband ran at 50% and 67% respectively. Some 95% of businesses indicated that the internet was critical to their business.
"That’s why we are investing in this very crucial area.
Families can make, on average, savings of £530 per year by paying their bills and doing their shopping online. Businesses can use the internet to improve their communications with customers and increase their sales.
Access to the internet can also help to reduce social isolation, bring rural communities together and helping people learn new skills."Cllr Thomson, Wiltshire County Council
Wiltshire County Council has set aside £16m of its own money, on top of the £4.6m from the BDUK fund and is planning to have superfast broadband available to the majority of homes by next year, rising to 85% by 2015. Everyhome home should have access to broadband at 2 Mbps or faster by 2015 too.