MP’s bid to get SE Cambs better broadband brings together three providers and 100 residents from 24 villages as campaign grows

MP Lucy Frazer is continuing her campaign to improve broadband in SE Cambs

MP Lucy Frazer is continuing her campaign to improve broadband in SE Cambs - Credit: Archant

Three broadband providers were questioned by 100 residents – representing 24 villages- at a ‘getting better connected’ meeting organised by MP Lucy Frazer.

The SE Cambs MP believes it is “vital that no village is left behind and that residents and businesses have proper access to broadband”.

Openreach, BT and Connecting Cambridgeshire attended the meeting, said the MP, when they were quizzed about progress to bring broadband to villages which have not yet got superfast delivery.

“I invited all residents to attend to allow people the opportunity to raise issues with BT, Connecting Cambridgeshire and Openreach,” she said.

Almost 100 people attended from 24 affected villages, questioning BT and Connecting Cambridgeshire’s upgrade plans. A representative from Broadband Delivery UK, the Government scheme delivering superfast broadband, was also present.

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Ms Frazer said: “Questions were spread across villages across the region. For example Prickwillow residents highlighted that some of them have no broadband at all, and asked BT when this will be rectified. The timetable for upgrading broadband in Upend was also raised.”

She said that Connecting Cambridgeshire was able to confirm during the meeting that the superfast broadband upgrade for Little Wilbraham will be delivered in 2016.

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They also confirmed that in Witchford, where the current exchange is at capacity, a second cabinet will be installed before the end of November this year.

In Kirtling, Connecting Cambridgeshire was able to report that an upgrade has taken place.

Ms Frazer said: “I am pleased that BT, Openreach and Connecting Cambridgeshire have taken the time to speak to residents concerned about poor broadband service, lack of superfast broadband and other individual issues.

“It is vital that no village is left behind and that residents and business owners have proper access to broadband. Where difficulties arise, I will continue to press BT and Connecting Cambridgeshire for the best possible solution.”

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