Lincolnshire broadband campaign backed by 1,000 locals

Broadband Means Business will aim to have 10,000 signatures by December

More than 1,000 businesses in Lincolnshire have backed a campaign to improve the region's broadband. In total, 1,015 local firms so far have pledged their support to the Broadband Means Business initiative.

Even if you already work in an area which has good broadband, this is a chance to support the wider community

However, according to the Lincolnshire Echo, thousands more companies are being called upon to sign up to the scheme, to help demonstrate local demand for superfast broadband in areas up and down the county. The aim is to reach 10,000 signatures by December.

Simon Beardsley, chief executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, leading the campaign with the Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors, said: "Even if you already work in an area which has good broadband, this is a chance to support the wider community."

The initiative is part of Lincolnshire County Council's plan to bring next-generation broadband to the entire county by 2015, in line with the central UK government's aim to bring the "best broadband network in Europe" to Britain within the next three years.

Last month, data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that 80% of homes across Britain are now able to access the internet, up from 77% in 2011.

The number of online UK households is estimated at 21 million in 2012, an increase of two million since the same time last year, and 7.1 million since 2006. While 93% of connected premises have fixed-line broadband, only 30% so far have a cable or superfast fibre connection.

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