We ran a poll a few weeks ago looking at what people thought of the DCMS sponsored Superfast Broadband advertising that has been doing the rounds on billboards and TV adverts.
The reaction from over 1,600 of our visitors can be seen above, and with only 14.1% giving a positive Yes response there are questions that need to asked about how useful the campaign that cost several million pounds to run was. The level of firm No responses was 61%, with 17.9% not sure and the remainder sitting in the no opinion camp.
We did wonder if the responses might be split based on whether people could get superfast broadband or not, hence the second question above, which then allowed us to split down the responses to the first question. For those who can get superfast broadband those who thought the money was well spent rose to 17%, and for those who cannot get superfast it dipped to 9.8%.
The final question about whether you were using a superfast broadband service at home indicates that amongst our visitors take-up of superfast broadband is pretty high, which as a broadband information site is no real surprise. Cross analysing the questions indicated that 79% of those who can get superfast at home are actually using it, and while the initial opinion of our visitors was negative towards the Government policy, the fact that take-up is so high amongst a group that are very likely to be early adopters and tech-informers should be encouraging.
Reflecting the general comments that arose when the TV adverts for superfast broadband where on TV and that only 1 in 8 people think the money was well spent, if the Government and the local projects are wanting to drive take-up and convert people from ADSL or ADSL2+ to a fibre based solution then a more local campaign highlighting the actual availability in different areas might do better. The various local authority projects are undertaking various activities, other aimed at the SME sector where the day to day running of a business may mean that checking broadband availability is low on their priority list.
The theory is that the fibre based broadband roll-outs are following the pattern of the ADSL roll-outs, this should mean 2015 and 2016 will be key years as demand and as take-up increases there will be a natural fading of the ADSL and ADSL2+ products from view. It is very likely that this ten year cycle will do more for take-up than a number of generic TV adverts, which may have even been sandwiched by adverts for the commercial fibre based services anyway.