Lincs businesses urged to back broadband campaign
Employers in Lincolnshire struggling with slow broadband connections have been urged by three leading business organisations to throw their support behind a campaign.
The Broadband Means Business scheme, which is being run by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors (IoD), is part of the county council's local broadband strategy.
Lincolnshire has been awarded £14.3 million by government agency Broadband Delivery UK to fulfil its broadband plan, which will see next-generation services rolled out to at least 90 per cent of properties in the area by 2017.
If it is to achieve this goal, the council needs to demonstrate to private sector telecoms firms that demand for faster connectivity exists across the county.
So far, only 545 firms have given their support to the scheme. Broadband Means Business is encouraging more companies to illustrate how important super-fast internet access is to the future of the economy by signing up for the campaign.
Annette Wood, Lincolnshire chairman for the IoD, said: "This campaign is a chance for the business community of Lincolnshire to really fight for a service which will help build a sustainable future for their company."