December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 23, 2013
A village that has been battling for more than three years to get quicker broadband speeds is now hopeful it will see action.
Mid Suffolk District councillor Rachel Eburne for Haughley Green, near Stowmarket, claimed it was only because of campaigning villagers that BT stopped ignoring the community.
The small community has been “angry” because the broadband speeds caused homeowners and businesses problems.
But now after meeting with BT, Mrs Eburne said she was “hopeful” the issue would be resolved.
She said: “Up until recently people were very angry because it’s a small community – it’s about 80 houses and it was just being ignored.
“BT and Suffolk County Council has now said they will sort it out and we are waiting to see if that’s going to happen. We are hopeful that it will.
“I am hopeful something will happen but it’s only through the efforts of the community that it’s on the agenda.”
It was recently revealed some parts of Suffolk would be boosted with super-fast broadband ahead of schedule as part of the Better Broadband project.
The improvements to broadband speeds in the county as part of the project are divided between the commercial, which BT is responsible for, and public sectors, which the county council is responsible for. Haughley Green is in the commercial section.
A BT spokesman said it was ‘fully committed’ to improving broadband speeds in the village.
He said: “We have met with representatives in the area and carried out research into the experiences of people in the area with their services.
“The broadband cabinet serving this area is within our commercial deployment, but the lines are too far away from the cabinet to receive service at this point in time.”
A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “We are encouraged that BT has met with residents and businesses in Haughley Green and is working to resolve the problems that are being experienced.”
Mrs Eburne said she was expecting to hear from BT in a couple of months on the progress being made.