Campaign to bring faster broadband to the borough launched

Campaign to bring faster broadband to the borough launched

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Daniel Darlington

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Campaign to bring faster broadband to the borough launched

Householders are being encouraged to lend their voice to a campaign to bring faster broadband speeds to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Ward members and councillors are encouraging people to register their support for a campaign to show providers there is a demand for super-fast broadband speeds in the borough's rural areas.

The Government has allocated £1.43m for the roll-out of the faster broadband across Berkshire and that is being matched with £400,000 funding from the Royal Borough and the other Berkshire authorities.

Residents in Bisham and Cookham, Hurley and Walthams, Old Windsor, Horton and Wraysbury and Sunningdale are being urged to back the broadband push.

Roadshows are also set to take place at Maidenhead Library on Wednesday next week from 10.30-11.30am; Eton Wick Library on Tuesday, April 9, from 2-4pm; Waltham St Lawrence School on Friday, April 19, from 2-3.30pm and All Saints’ Church, Windsor on Monday, April 29, from 12-2pm.

The first roadshow session was held at Bisham Primary School in Church Lane on Monday (march25)

Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for community partnerships and neighbourhood plans, said there were about 5,000 residents that could benefit from the faster speeds.

She said: "For the benefit of businesses in rural areas, we must do everything we can to persuade the providers that there is a genuine demand in communities where there is a real problem."

Cllr Richard Kellaway, the council’s representative on the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: "Businesses, including farmers and people working from home, need super fast broadband to enable them to be more efficient and effective in a world where instant communications is the norm."

Visit www.superfastberkshire.org.uk for details or call 01635 503003 to register.

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