Sign our petition for superfast broadband

PEOPLE are being encouraged to sign our petition for to get superfast broadband for the Daventry area.

We are aiming to get at least 1,000 signatures to back the plea and if this is achieved we will submit the petition to Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) and BT.

The petition has been launched in the wake of BT announcing that superfast broadband will be available to people across Daventry by “early 2012”.

The Gusher spoke exclusively to the telecommunications giant after launching a campaign last week to make sure we get our fair share of investment when high speed broadband is rolled out across the county.

Despite the planned upgrade for the town, many villages will still need investment to bring them up to speed.

BT regional director for the East Midlands Paul Bimson told the Daventry Express: “We are investing £2.5 billion across the UK to get superfast broadband to two thirds of homes and businesses by 2015.

“The exchange in Daventry, which is just north of Long March industrial estate, is due to be upgraded in early 2012.

“It’s going to be able to support superfast broadband which will lead to speeds significantly increasing in the town.

“People are now getting around 20 megabyte speeds but what will happen after the upgrade is they will be able to get speeds of around 40 megabytes.

“This will bring big benefits to people in Daventry.

“The exchange is currently being worked on but there’s still lots to do in order to install the fibre technology needed.”

Mr Bimson added that the Chapel Brampton exchange will also be upgraded, but at the moment there are no plans to upgrade exchanges in Crick and Preston Capes.

NCC also announced last month that it’s currently working on pumping £34 million into superfast broadband through Government grants and private investment.

Mr Bimson added: “We will be looking at NCC’s plans and considering whether we want to invest.

“There are currently no plans to upgrade some rural exchanges, but that’s not to say we won’t upgrade them in future.

“Rural areas are more challenging and we have to make sure any investment we make is both commercially and technically viable.”

To sign our petition and help the whole of the Daventry district get superfast broadband go to www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/speed-up-broadband-across-daventry-district/3476.