In­ter­net speeds due for a boost

Sys­tem up­grade be­fore March 2015

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WORK is set to take place to im­prove a vil­lage’s broad­band con­nec­tion and bring it in line with sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Peo­ple in Den­ham have com­plained of hav­ing much slower broad­band speeds than neigh­bours in Chal­font St Peter and Ger­rards Cross.

They say the slow speeds make ac­tiv­i­ties such as work­ing from home or stream­ing films from the in­ter­net almost im­pos­si­ble.

How­ever, work is to be car­ried out to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion, with Con­nect Coun­ties, a pro­gramme set up by Bucks and Herts county coun­cils which li­aises with broad­band providers to make im­prove­ments, say­ing that it is due to take place be­fore March next year.

David Cald­well of Vil­lage Road, Den­ham, is one of those who has cam­paigned for the im­prove­ments to be made.

He asked peo­ple liv­ing nearby to write to him so he could lobby broad­band providers to make changes.

He said: “We’ve been so far be­hind the rest of the UK for so long, and we haven’t been part of the 21st cen­tury.

“We want the work to be done as quickly as pos­si­ble be­cause we are sick of be­ing put on the back burner. We don’t want it to be de­layed any fur­ther.”

Con­nect Coun­ties says cab­i­nets in Den­ham, from which the broad­band ser­vice is pro­vided, have been sur­veyed and that up­grade work is im­mi­nent, with ser­vices avail­able to be or­dered from providers early next year.

Seven cab­i­nets in Den­ham area need up­graded.

Other ar­eas, set to be up­graded from now un­til June next year, in­clude Ger­rards Cross, Ful­mer, Great Mis­senden, Lit­tle Chal­font and Iver.

Peo­ple can check the progress of work in their ar­eas, or check how good the broad­band con­nec­tion is near them by vis­it­ing www.con­nect­ed­coun­ties. org. the

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