Ingoldmells meeting for pilot of new Lincs broadband campaign

A NEW campaign aimed at boosting the county’s broadband speed is set to hold a meeting in Ingoldmells next week.

Good connections and fast speeds are essential to everyday life and local economic prosperity.

And now the £57m OnLincolnshire campaign, which is being backed by the Standard, is aiming to see the county achieve superfast broadband speeds of 24Mbps for 90 per cent of homes and business in the county, and a guaranteed 2Mbps for the remaining premises by 2015.

Your Standard has this week thrown its weight behind the campaign (see story on page 19), which hopes to provide a huge financial boost to the public, businesses, charities and voluntary groups across Lincolnshire by improving broadband access.

And one of the early pilot meetings will be held in the Royal Arthur Centre in Ingoldmells on August 13 at 6pm.

The meeting will discuss how people living in rural communities with slow speeds can get online.

Rural broadband expert John Popham from CDI Alliance will discuss the proposed plans to run a pilot scheme which would look at alternative ways communities and businesses could access superfast broadband in Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards, but unless there is commitment and support from the residents and businesses in the area, this may not happen.

“The county council has been awarded some money from the European Regional Development Fund to run some pilots to find out if there’s a demand and test solutions to broadband connectivity,” said Russell Wallis from Globe Consultants, which is working on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council.

“More and more services are being delivered online and having a decent broadband connection opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

“As well as being able to work or study from home more effectively you can also speak to friends and family anywhere in the world for free, book holidays and save money on things like car insurance and utility bills by using price comparison websites.

“If you don’t have good access to broadband you risk being excluded from society which is why we’re urging residents and businesses who are fed up of the poor broadband service they are receiving to help us do something about it by coming to the meeting.”

Russell will join expert John Popham at the meeting.

To lend your support for faster broadband in Lincolnshire log on to the website www.OnLincolnshire.org and register your details to support the campaign.