The iNorthumberland campaign to bring superfast broadband to the county has scored major successes, but internet access is still slow for many in rural areas.
For this reason, a £1.3million loans scheme was set up to encourage companies offering alternative broadband technologies to come into the county, for which contracts were signed in April.
Now the Gazette has teamed up with one of the satellite providers, Avonline Broadband, to offer one reader a chance to win a satellite broadband system free for a year.
And while individuals and families are welcome to enter, we would also like to hear from groups and projects who might make use of satellite broadband for the wider benefit of the community, such as in a village hall, library or community hub.
Businesses and commerical premises such as cafés and pubs are also able to enter, but broadband access must be provided to customers free of charge in the case of winning the prize.
The prize consists of a satellite broadband system installed by Avonline and 12 months’ free usage (for details, see entry form). At the end of the year, the winner can either decide to continue as a subscriber with Avonline or the company will come and remove the equipment.
The latest generation satellite broadband technology delivers up to 20Mbps download and 6Mbps upload speeds, regardless of where people live, and no matter how poor their existing broadband services are.
It’s simple to install and use, and because the broadband link comes via a satellite in space, anyone can benefit – whether they live at the end of a lane, in a village, or miles from the telephone exchange.
To take part, simply fill in the form on the right along with an explanation in no more than 200 words as to why your home, business or community as a whole deserves to win satellite broadband.
The Gazette will judge the entries and award the system to the best submission.
Send your completed entry to Satellite Broadband Competition, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PN by 10am on Friday, October 25.
l Avonline’s special demonstration vehicle is touring Northumberland throughout October to show how well satellite broadband works wherever you live.
Further information about the demonstrations is available at www.avonlinebroadband.co.uk/northumberland – or you can suggest a location to Avonline where you believe it would be valuable for the vehicle to visit by calling 0800 130 3131.