Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has welcomed BT’s announcement that Burton upon Trent’s telephone exchange will be upgraded to allow super-fast broadband connections by the end of next year, following his campaign for better internet services in the town.
The new fibre-optic connections will allow for speeds of 40Mb/s and will means that internet users with a fibre connection will be able to take advantage of much faster download and upload speeds for things like watching online video, sharing high resolution photos and exchanging large files.
Welcoming the news, Andrew Griffiths said:
“This is fantastic news for local families and businesses in Burton. The new faster connections will allow people to take full advantage of the latest internet technologies.
“There is no question that that slow and unreliable broadband connections have held Burton back. I have a number of examples of companies deciding not to move to Burton because of the poor broadband service and I know other businesses have been considering having to move away, costing us local jobs. The new fibre-optic connections should help to address that.
“I would like to congratulate Ian Page, whose BT Infinity campaign showed how much demand there was for a super-fast broadband service in Burton. I know from the meetings that I have had with BT and from when we visited the exchange in April how important it was to keep the pressure on BT until we got this announcement.”
The news follows a long-running campaign by the MP, which included collecting signatures, encouraging businesses to sign up and raising the issue in Parliament.
Andrew recently visited the Burton exchange as part of his campaign to get it upgraded.
Andrew raised the issue of Burton’s poor broadband service in Parliament last month. You can watch Andrew’s speech (at about 15:58:40 in the video) at
or read his contribution at http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2011-05-19b.570.0
You can also watch the video made for the campaign for super-fast broadband for Burton: