What is the Get Connected campaign?
Although £50 million sounds like a huge sum, it is still not enough to deliver broadband infrastructure across our whole region and we need broadband suppliers (companies like BT and Virgin) to make up the difference. To get the best possible deal from these companies we have to demonstrate that enough businesses and individuals want faster broadband to make their initial investment worthwhile.
‘Get Connected’ is the campaign we are running to ask residents, businesses and communities to register:
- their broadband speed
- the types of activity limited by current speeds
- what improved connectivity might mean.
The findings will be used to strengthen our negotiations with broadband suppliers and will be one of the factors influencing the eventual broadband roll out. The project runs from now until 2020, and priority for rollout will depend on existing demand, the potential for economic growth, social need and current speeds. Taking part in this campaign offers a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for communities and businesses to have a say in the services needed for their area.