Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Broadband debate in the Commons &update on where Northumberland CC have provided fibre broadband

The County Council have now given me an updated list of communities in West Northumberland that they say now have access to fibre broadband: 
-          Stocksfield
-          Heddon on the Wall [although there remain problems with parts of Heddon]
-          Parts of Wylam (more to follow by end of 2015)
-          Ponteland
-          Stamfordham
-          Albemarle Barracks
-          Great Whittington
-          Prudhoe
-          Most of Corbridge (more to follow by end of 2015)
-          Slaley
-          Most of Hexham (more to follow by end of 2015)
-          Parts of Allendale (more to follow by end of 2015)
-          Gilsland
-          Greenhead
-          Haltwhistle
-          Bardon Mill
-          Haydon Bridge
-          Humshaugh
-          Wall
-          Chollerford
-          Wark  

The NCC  add that "We expect Riding Mill and Barrasford to be live by the end of this month".
In addition to gaps in those communities listed above the NCC expect the following communities to be connected by the end of 2015:
-          Horsley
-          Blanchland
-          Whitley Chapel
-          Allenheads
-          Bellingham
-          Greenhaugh
-          Kielder
-          West Woodburn
-          Otterburn
-          Rochester
-          Byrness
-          Elsdon
-          Belsay
-          Kirkharle
-          Capheaton
-          Kirkwhelpington
-          Scots Gap
-          Whalton
-          Bingfield
-          Hallington
 I was able to speak in last weeks broadband debate and my speech is here:

Clearly there are significant on-going problems with some places not listed above and I am trying to get bespoke solutions to problem areas like Matfen. Where you disagree with this information NCC and BT are giving me please let me know.