BROADBAND CAMPAIGN: It’s not just about business - get surfing at home

IT’S hard to imagine life without the internet – no Google, no Facebook and no eBay. We have truly entered the digital age. Yet in some parts of Lincolnshire, what many of us now take for granted remains out of reach.

That’s why local communities are being urged to support a project bidding to turn the county’s broadband ‘not-spots’ into ‘hot-spots’. The Boston Standard is asking residents to Say Yes to Better Broadband by backing the OnLincolnshire project.

People can lend their voice by registering their details at www.onlincolnshire.org. The more people that register, the easier it’ll be to encourage commercial suppliers to invest in improved services.

Editor Stephen Stray said: “Internet now plays a large part in so many peoples’ lives and it is important that we have a service to reflect this.

“I would urge as many people as possible to back this campaign for better broadband in our area.”

The Lincolnshire County Council-led project aims to bring superfast broadband speeds of at least 24Mbps to 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the county by 2015, with a guaranteed 2Mpbs for the remaining premises.

Coun Kelly Smith, executive member for finance and HR at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Over the next few years, we’ll be rolling out superfast broadband technology across the county.

“Around £57 million of private and public sector money will be invested in this, including £10m from the county council and £4m from the district councils. This will ensure our communities aren’t left behind in the digital age.

“Residents can help by registering at www.onlincolnshire.org, proving to commercial suppliers that there’s demand for next-generation broadband. This will encourage them to invest more of their own money in improving services.”

Those without access to the internet can still add their voice by calling Lincolnshire County Council’s Customer Service Department on 01522 782006 and giving their details. Alternatively, people can use a computer at their local library to sign up.

l You can keep up to date with the campaign’s progress by logging on to www.twitter.com and following @onlincolnshire or visiting the website www.onlincolnshire.org