Bid to secure cash for better broadband

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Prizes are up for grabs to people completing a survey which aims to unlock a multi-million pound funding boost to improve broadband access in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire County Council has been allocated £7.39 million from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme to improve broadband access – but it must find the same amount in match-funding in order to receive the money.

A key part of this is showing public demand for improved broadband coverage to encourage investment from providers.

Almost 1,800 people and businesses have already responded to the county council’s Community Broadband survey at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/broadbandsurvey.

But the authority needs a lot more responses and has introduced a free prize draw – with five £50 high street vouchers to be won – as an incentive.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We’re pleased with the response to our survey so far because it shows the strength of support for the work we are doing to improve broadband access for Derbyshire residents and businesses.

“The more responses we receive the better our chances of unlocking the allocated funding and we hope the incentive will encourage even more people to take part.

“This is a fantastic opportunity which we can’t afford to miss out on and I’d urge everyone to spend a few minutes filling in the survey.”

Bringing fast and reliable broadband to Derbyshire is one of the county council’s key priorities.

It is running two surveys simultaneously – one for residents and one for businesses.

If people don’t have access to the internet they can visit the county council’s libraries where they can use a computer for free.

Or they can ring the county council’s contact centre Call Derbyshire on 08 456 058 058 or 01629 533190 where an operator will fill in the survey while they are on the line.

If anyone has additional comments they can email them to broadband@derbyshire.gov.uk.