Andrew Lansley backs South Cambridgeshire broadband campaign
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has thrown his support behind a campaign that seeks to deliver super-fast broadband to rural South Cambridgeshire.
The Conservative MP, who represents the South Cambridgeshire constituency, said the technology is vital if businesses in the area are to thrive.
More than 3,800 residents and firms across the district have already registered their demand for better broadband in support of the Connecting Cambridgeshire scheme, which launched in June.
For the county as a whole, over 8,800 people have given their backing to the project, but more are being urged to sign up to illustrate levels of demand for next-generation broadband connectivity.
Mr Lansley, who met with staff at local firm Method Creative last week to find out how they are being hampered by slow broadband, praised his constituents for getting behind the campaign.
"I would urge everyone in Cambridgeshire to register to show where there is high demand for better broadband so we can attract investment from suppliers," he said.
The latest Ofcom figures show that super-fast broadband networks cover 53 per cent of Cambridgeshire, although 15.8 per cent of the county is stuck with speeds of less than 2Mbps.