Connecting Peak District communities

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Wednesday 28 November 2012

People who live and work in the Peak District are being encouraged to get involved in a local project to improve broadband services in the area.

Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to attend an open evening to find out why high speed broadband is important and what options are available to them.

Organised by the Peak District National Park Authority in partnership with Business Peak District and other local authority partners, the sessions will be useful for rural communities that are interested in developing a local high speed broadband solution.

The first event is at Hope Valley College on Thursday December 13 from 6pm to 8pm.

People can register online at , telephone 01629 816200 or turn up on the night.

More events are planned for the New Year to cover the Ashbourne, Whaley Bridge and Bakewell areas.

Jim Harrison, Chair of Business Peak District said: “Enhancing broadband speeds is the top priority for us and essential to maintaining an enterprising and sustainable rural economy.  We want rural businesses to get involved in this project and work with local residents to help improve the situation locally.”

At the events:

  • The county council will summarise their broadband activities and encourage residents and businesses to register an interest in receiving better broadband
  • Good examples of community broadband projects will be presented
  • The challenges of progressing community initiatives will be discussed
  • Information about community broadband funding will be given
  • Broadband community champions will be recruited.

The project is funded by the Peak District LEADER Programme and supported by a partnership of Business Peak District, the local authorities covering the Peak District and voluntary and community sector partners.  The project is managed by the Peak District National Park Authority.

This is an archived press release

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