Council helps to bring better broadband to more areas
The situation in North East Essex where Tendring District Council is in charge of local affairs and has seen some investment from Openreach for superfast broadband is representative of a scenario that is being repeated across the country. Openreach with its £2.5 billion investment programme attempts to identify which cabinets to enable in an area, invariably leaving some not connected.
Tendring District Council appears to have grabbed the bull by the horns and given it a good talking to, and made the case successfully for Openreach to enable a further three cabinets in the area, namely the ones that serve the Kirby-le-Soken, Kirby Cross and Great Holland areas and are further area from the exchange.
Back in 2011, Tendring District Council announced some co-operation that helped to get 13 cabinets enabled in Manningtree area. So while at times it can seem like Openreach does not listen, there are signs that once a large enough collective effort is made, and local councils are often best placed to focus these efforts a difference can be made.