Rural parts of Rugby borough urged to join campaign for faster broadband

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RESIDENTS and businesses in rural Warwickshire are being reminded that if they want improved broadband in their area they should complete an online survey.

The responses will be used to inform the design of the superfast broadband network that will be commissioned by Warwickshire County Council.

Paper copies of the surveys are also available through Local Broadband Champions for those who cannot access the website at www.cswbroadband.org.uk.

The CSW Broadband project is being led by Warwickshire County Council, with Solihull and Coventry Councils and the five Warwickshire districts, to engage a supplier to provide a wholesale broadband network.

Once in place, this will provide access speeds of up to 24Mbps across the county, including rural areas, and will bring improved speeds and a greater choice of Internet Service Providers to all.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities, said: “The lack of broadband is a real barrier to employment and access to services for many who live or work in the rural areas. The only way to improve things is to engage with the CSW broadband project by completing the survey.

“The more responses we get from an area, the higher the likelihood that it will receive improved broadband. We recognise that people cannot access the internet to complete the surveys if they do not have broadband, so we are also making paper copies available through the Local Broadband Champions. This really is a one-off opportunity so we would urge everyone to get involved; otherwise some areas may miss out.”

Many areas already have Local Broadband Champions who are spreading the word about the project and urging people to get involved in bringing improved broadband to their areas.

However, there are still significant gaps in the Champions network that need to be filled. To find out if your area has a Champion, or to volunteer to help with your local campaign, visit www.cswbroadband.org.uk. Alternatively contact the Broadband Team on broadband@warwickshire.gov.uk or 01926 412984.