If you would like your broadband speed to improve, then make sure you register your interest in getting superfast broadband. We are encouraging residents to get behind the ‘Making the Connection’ campaign, which aims to encourage as many residents as possible to show their interest in faster broadband.
Essex County Council’s local broadband plan, ‘Superfast Essex Broadband’, has been approved by central government and now plans can be put into action on selecting a provider for the service and allocating areas for upgrade. The aim of this project is to enable 90% of the Essex population to be able to receive superfast broadband by 2015.
Essex County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Waste and Recycling said: “This is great news and now our plans have been approved we can begin to implement them so residents will be able to see the benefits that superfast broadband can bring.”
As part of the plans the county council, along with Epping Forest District Council, is asking residents to register their interest in getting superfast broadband by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/ruralbroadband.
This does not guarantee an upgrade, however areas with the most residents registered will stand a greater chance of being selected as one of the first areas for upgrade.
Epping Forest District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Asset Management and Economic Development Councillor Anne Grigg said: “I would encourage our residents to register their interest. Many of the district’s rural areas do find their broadband speed very frustrating. However, by registering your interest you can do something about this. Sign up, encourage your friends, colleagues and neighbours to sign up and Essex County Council will pass this information on to the selected provider and an upgrade plan can be put in place.”
If residents are unable to access the internet in their homes, they can visit local libraries to use the computers for free.