Newcastle City Council press release

July 5, 2012

A campaign has been launched to win the backing of residents and businesses in the fight to bring superfast broadband to Newcastle.
The city council has made it through the initial stage of its bid for up to £6m of Government money to roll out the next generation of broadband.
But to secure the funding it needs to demonstrate that it has the backing of residents and businesses from across the city.
Benefits to businesses include:

  • Helping them develop new products and services and reach new markets
  • Greater profile on the web
  • Improved access to education and training for employees

Benefits to residents include:

  • Faster, more reliable and stable internet connection
  • Greater access to wider, cheaper services
  • Improved access to employment opportunities

Cabinet member for Information, Communication, Technology, Cllr Hazel Stephenson, said: “Ultrafast broadband will be a massive boost for business and give residents many new opportunities to access cheaper services and job opportunities.
“I would urge business and residents to pledge their support for our bid on the Let’s talk digital website.”
People who don't have access to the internet, can visit their local library where staff will help them to make a pledge online. Alternatively they can submit their pledge in writing to Freepost, Let's talk Newcastle. These must include a name, postcode and the pledge.
Last week Cabinet approved £970,000 for improvements to broadband infrastructure across the city to widen internet access for communities currently not well served by broadband as part of the Local Broadband Plan.