PETITION FOR BETTER BROADBAND FOR SUFFOLK
Showgoers can sign a petition for better broadband for Suffolk at the CLA Eastern region marquee this week at the Suffolk Show (1 and 2 June).
Following the failure to attract funding from the government's Broadband Delivery UK to improve the service in Suffolk in the first round of bids, the CLA is working with the campaign group, Better Broadband for Suffolk, to ensure success in the next round.
"The first grants represent only a small portion of the total money available, so there is everything to play for," says Nicola Currie, regional director, CLA East. "We all worked hard on the first bid, now we are going to be working even harder.
"Public support is imperative and so we want as many names as possible on the petition. It doesn't matter whether you are a farmer, in rural business or a member of the public, a fast, efficient internet service for Suffolk will benefit everyone – so come and sign."
The petition will be at the CLA stand, no 332 on Central Avenue at the south east corner of the Light Horse Ring.
Also located there will be satellite, provided by Rural Computing Ltd, the association's broadband partner, where connection can be tried. "Though we have every expectation of achieving these vital funds, in the meantime many rural businesses are suffering," says Mrs Currie. "This is why we are offering an alternative.
"Land managers are now required to make their returns to Defra on-line. Up-loading and down-loading these very large documents, which can include maps, requires fast, effective internet access which is denied to so many land managers in Suffolk.
"Similarly HMRC wants tax and NIC returns to be made on-line and this affects all rural businesses. As Government moves to cut costs in this way it is only right that it should help to fund adequate broadband in areas where it is commercially unviable.
"Good broadband speeds are essential for every business and community whatever their size, this is why the CLA invested so much effort in supporting the Suffolk bid."
For further information:
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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