Championing the net cause

EAGER broadband champions are being recruited to help spread the word about bringing superfast internet to the Dales.

As part of Derbyshire County Council’s ongoing drive to improve the region’s internet connections, they want volunteers to dedicate a few hours a week to publicise the benefits and create links with local businesses, community groups, schools and even help those who have never used the internet.

Importantly, they should also aim to boost the number of people completing the council’s broadband survey.

It is hoped that by gathering enough interest through the survey, investors twill be attracted to the area and eventually unlock £7.39 million worth of Government funding.

Derbyshire County Council’s Kevin Parkinson, who is spearheading the drive, says it is vital for community champions to step forward to stand any chance of securing superfast broadband.

Letters have been sent out to parish and district councillors this week, although anyone can step forward.

Cllr Parkinson said: “The more hands we can get out there the better, although we want to give all those elected representatives the opportunity first.

“You don’t need to be technically savvy, but you will need time, energy, and drive to improve broadband in your local area.

“There are still a lot of people out there who are still not aware of this campaign.”

Anyone interested in becoming a champion should email broadband@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 538343.

Meanwhile, to complete the online survey log onto www.derbyshire.gov.uk/broadbandsurvey or call 08456 058058.