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Broadband broadside: even this generation will do

01.19.11 | 1 Comment

Regular readers of the Record will know that I’ve been banging on about the inadequate broadband coverage to bits of Bickerstaffe, not least Rainford Road, for ages now.  

I have, frankly, been getting nowhere and not very quickly, because BT are simply not interested, and West Lancashire Borough Council do not seem interested in making BT interested.

But here’s the latest attempt, trying to tag on to the fact that BT are talking the big talk about next generation broadband even before they’ve completed coverage for this generation broadband.

Here’s my broadband broadside to the Lancashire County Council officer responsible for this stuff:

Dear xxxxxx

I understand you are leading from the County Council’s side on the Broadband Next Generation programme.

As you will know from the intervention of xxxx (West Lancashire Borough Council, Economic Development Directorate) at last week’s stakeholder meeting, there are still considerable gaps in broadband coverage (‘notspots’) in West Lancashire, even as regards current speed broadband, and a significant number of my constituents remain disadvantaged by BT’s failure to provide universal coverage, even in areas like Bickerstaffe which are not very distant from urban centres. For reference, please see a map of those gaps at page 19 of the West Lancashire Economic study, available at

I have been in correspondence with xxx’s division over this unsatisfactory state of affairs for quite some time now, and the matter had, I understand, become a an agenda item within the relevant Multi-Area Agreement (MAA).

Nothing came of this, and this is disappointing.

Would you set out for me what the County Council, in its new sirit of partnership with the BT Group, intends to do to resolve this continuing inequity of brodband provision, and when.

Best regards

Yours sincerely

Paul Cotterill

Councillor for Bickerstaffe Ward

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