HELP BRING FASTER BROADBAND TO SUFFOLKAs Suffolk homes and businesses continue to suffer from the lack of fast, effective Broadband, the Suffolk Broadband Partnership* is asking showgoers to help access the funding to bring this vital service to the county while it is still available.
Evidence of the lack of workable Broadband is urgently needed and so the partnership needs to get as many people as possible to register their 'not spots' – areas in the county where the service is poor, or non-existent – by filling in a simple card and then placing the location on a map at the CLA** stand at the Suffolk Show.
"Not only will they be helping us achieve better Broadband – there is also the chance to win an iPod Shuffle, which has been donated by the partnership," says CLA eastern region director, Nicola Currie. "All the cards will go into a draw which Mark Murphy will be making on his BBC Suffolk breakfast show. Postcodes from the cards will be entered onto the EEDA website.
"A member of the partnership will be available on the CLA stand throughout the two days to help and advise and our own specialists will also be on hand to discuss this continuing dilemma.
"There is no doubt that when it comes to Broadband, Suffolk has definitely been sidelined. This has got to stop."
Despite constant lobbying it has to be accepted that the prospect of a universal service is some way off, and so an alternative satellite solution which does not depend upon a telephone line connection, is also being demonstrated at the CLA stand by Richard Dix of Rural Broadband.*** The beauty of the Astra2Connect system is that distance from an exchange and the quality of the line – the two factors which militate against an effective Broadband service - become irrelevant. The dish can be set up in any location which has a clear sight-line to the satellite and downloads of up to 4MB and uploads of up to 512MB are immediately achievable. Designed for small office and home use it is also sharable, portable and though it runs on the mains can also be run on solar power.
Equine business is also being brought into focus by the CLA. Tim Isaac, deputy eastern region director will be available to discuss specific problems, such as planning, with people who are operating horse enterprises. The new regional equine business fact-sheet will also be available.
* The Suffolk Broadband Partnership is made up of organisations including Suffolk County Council, the CLA and the Federation of Small Businesses and campaigns for improved Broadband services in Suffolk
**The CLA stand, number 243, is situated at the north west corner of the Light Horse Ring at the junction of Seventh Avenue and the Grand Ring Avenue.
*** Rural Broadband is based at Heacham in Norfolk. Details: www.ruralbroadband.co.uk
For further information
Nicola Currie, regional director CLA 01284 789201 or 07702 928870
Richard Dix, Rural Broadband 01485 572253 or 07786 887750
Sally Smith, CLA PR 01553 764422 or 07729 448046
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Nicola has a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Farm Management from the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) and seven years experience as a Tenant Farmer, building up a pedigree dairy herd from scratch. She has also spent time in professional practice in Estate and Farm Management. This background has provided Nicola with a useful grounding to work for the interests of the CLA East region’s farming and rural businesses.
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