Thousands more back drive to get county superfast

There has been a big surge in the number of people signing a petition to bring superfast broadband to our region – thanks in part to Gazette readers.

Two weeks ago, we launched a campaign encouraging readers to back the bid and bring vital coverage to rural Northumberland by 2015.

And in the past month, more than 1,500 people have signed the online petition, which was launched late last year by the county council’s iNorthumberland project.

The total now stands at 11,630 – and taking into account properties where more than one person has registered their support, the tally jumps to more than 13,000.

Roger Styring, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Within the last week, we’ve seen a noticeable spike in people visiting the site to register, many of whom have said that they learnt about the campaign via the Gazette’s coverage.

“We’re really grateful to the Northumberland Gazette for all their support. The more support we can demonstrate from people saying they want better broadband, the more pressure we can place on funders and the private sector to prioritise Northumberland.”

Meanwhile, iNorthumberland has announced that it will give free broadband a nd a loan of a computer to 200 social housing tenants.