I am working with colleagues on supporting a bid for improving broadband infrastructure in Kent and Medway. The Hoo Peninsula is likely to be the focus of work in Medway, as the rural area will be a low priority for market investment by the telecoms industry.
The bid is to the Broadband Delivery UK fund set up by the government to progress its ambitions for superfast broadband infrastructure set out in its strategy document published in December 2010. A key element of the BDUK fund is to tackle ‘digital exclusion’, that is the poor levels of broadband connections found in many areas, which particularly affects rural communities.
I would like to seek your help in gathering information about broadband services in your parish, along the following lines:
– the nature/quality of current broadband connection
– the impact that this is having on local residents and businesses (currently and in future)
– a statement of support for the Broadband Delivery UK bid
You may have specific issues that you may like to raise in relation to how you use/need broadband in relation to parish council business. I know that broadband connections are problems for some villages on the peninsula and hope that you may be able to help in supporting this bid.
The timescale for this work is incredibly tight and the bid needs to be submitted in mid April. I therefore need any responses by 8 April. We do not need detailed data, but any information that helps us to evidence the nature of the problem in rural Medway, and how improvements could benefit village communities and businesses would be very helpful.
We are planning to report on the funding bid and the associated issues to a meeting of the Rural Liaison Committee later this year.
If you would like to discuss this further, please contact me. Similarly, if you would like any information on the bidding process, content and the government’s broadband strategy, please let me know.
Please can you assist in this process by logging your comments on this website
I look forward to hearing from you, and hope that your council will be able to help in this issue.
Catherine Smith – Medway Council