Discussing progress on rural broadband in Northumberland

Broadband in Rothbury
Broadband in Rothbury

MP for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who founded the Broadband4Northumberland campaign is organising a special broadband summit next week.

The event, which takes place in Rothbury on Friday, August 7, will allow local business owners and residents to share their views about the progress of rural broadband.

Wendy Farmer, local projects delivery officer from BDUK, and Simon Roberson, the BT North East regional partnership director, will be in attendance.

Ms Trevelyan, who wants to ensure that superfast broadband is available to everyone in her constituency, said: “It is vitally important that every home, business, school and hospital has access to superfast broadband.

“Great progress has been made, but there is still work to do especially in some of the most rural and remote parts of Northumberland.

“I am pleased that representatives from BT and from BDUK, the government body responsible for getting broadband to every home, will attend to hear from residents and discuss their specific issues and how we can address the poor connection speeds in areas such as up the Coquet Valley.”

The summit will take place at 6pm next Friday in the Jubilee Hall in Rothbury.

Anyone wishing to attend the event should email abby-oliver-95@hotmail.co.uk or call 01665 602106.

Rothbury has been a front-runner in terms of superfast broadband, becoming the first mainstream project in the country to get full approval from Defra’s Rural Community Broadband Fund back in January 2013. The rollout was completed by December 2014, three months ahead of schedule.