IT MAY be becoming a crucial household service, but broadband speeds in some parts of Rugby are infuriating computer users.
A software developer in one part of Rugby has complained that downloading a song can take as long as eight hours.
But now long-suffering residents served by inadequate connections are being encouraged to help Warwickshire County Council work with broadband companies to provide greater access to ‘superfast’ broadband. Many rural areas and more isolated communities are still using 1990s dial-up technology.
Daniel Young, a software developer who lives in Lawford said his connection was “disgustingly slow”.
“I see it that Long Lawford is never getting anything good, and the internet connection is a big problem,” he said.
“I can’t watch any YouTube videos, watch catchup TV, which also affects Sky TV and this is the only TV service we can get, as there’s no cable or fibre optics installed here. This has affected the life of everyone in the area, including work life.”
He added: “Long Lawford is being left out in the tech world, which is unfair since the community is now full of young families who require a network connection. Having such a slow network connection will affect their school work limiting them and maybe in some cases stopping the children around here learning. I know for a fact if it wasn’t for my network connection at my parents’ I wouldn’t be an IT professional and software developer right now.”
In response to the problem the Government have set a target that by 2015, 90 per cent of boroughs like Rugby are covered by ‘super fast’ services. £560m has been set aside by Westminster for the task, of which £4m, will be going towards Warwickshire.
The county’s figure will rise to around £24m once the county council and an internet provider – likely to be BT – also make investments (£4m and £16m respectively).
Leigh Hunt, e-business advisor at Warwickshire County Council, said: “There is a website available where people can register their interest in getting broadband in their area, which will we will then consider as part of our broadband strategy.
“We’re urging people to sign the online register – and if someone works from home they can sign both the residential and business registers.”
To complete the broadband survey visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/superfastbroadband.