MP Steve Barclay backs superfast broadband for Fenland

MP Steve Barclay with the Connecting Cambridgeshire website.

MP Steve Barclay with the Connecting Cambridgeshire website. - Credit: Archant

MP STEVE Barclay has teamed up with the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard to ask people in Fenland to register online for superfast broadband.

Fenland has the lowest response for registering for superfast broadband in the county and communities are being urged to sign up on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website to show their interest in improved connection speed.

Cambridgeshire is in the midst of a £45million county council project to provide the region with some of the best fibre broadband coverage in the country by the end of 2015.

It is hoped superfast broadband will bring an additional £500million to the local economy in the five years following completion.

North East Cambs MP Steve Barclay said: “Superfast broadband should be a great opportunity for North East Cambs given we have poor transport links but cheaper housing and business premises. We should be seizing this opportunity,

“If people in Fenland don’t register certain parts of the district will miss out, so I’m asking as many residents as possible to go on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website to help us take Fenland from last to first place.

“There are some people in Fenland who feel that we are the poor relation to Cambridge city when it comes to funding so I’m keen that we do not miss out.

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“I’m asking parish councils, sports clubs and community groups to publicise it.”

MP Barclay believes superfast broadband will be something which benefits everyone, no matter their age.

He said: “Superfast broadband interests people of all ages- the young accessing music videos, adults working at home, and older less mobile residents accessing public services, amongst the many uses.”

To register for superfast broadband go to

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