Friday, July 18, 2014

Temple Needs Superfast Internet!

If you are a regular user of the Internet then you know just how bad the connection quality is here in Temple!   We have some of the slowest Internet access in the country for those people with a "so called" broadband connection.  The Internet Speed Checker,  the de-facto standard for checking internet speeds, gives Temple an "F" grade for speed when compared to the rest of the UK (average speed for the UK is 25Mbps compared to our 2-3Mbps).

This is an important issue even if you don’t use the Internet or are happy with it’s speed.   High speed internet access is increasingly a factor for home buyers and can have an impact on a potential sale.   Rightmove has even added a speed check page to their website to meet the needs of buyers. 

What can be done?   Our only hope is likely to be the government program that is bringing high speed internet to outlying areas (Broadband Delivery UK or BDUK).   A new phase of this program has been announced and RBWM hopes to be able to participate.  In order to have any chance of qualifying for funds we need to register as many residences as possible on the following website:

If you have not done this already please do so now as it really is our only hope for improvement.  At the present time 27% of us have registered with most of those on the Island.  Only two residences outside of the Island are on the list.

Thank you if you are already registered and thanks in advance for registering now if you had not already.

If you are wondering what else you can do then please consider writing to our representatives in the Borough to express your concerns, to reinforce the importance of this issue, and to ask for support in gaining BDUK funding.  There is a template of a letter that could be used here.

Councillor Richard Kellaway

Somerley, Startins Lane, Cookham Dean, SL6 9TS

By Tel: 01628 482605

Councillor David Burbage MBE

The Leader's Office, Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead, SL6 1RF

By Tel:  01628 796322

Our local parish is led by Mrs Mandy Robson Brown and she is supportive of our campaign.  You may want to copy her on correspondence to the above so she is aware of your feelings.

Mrs A.M.Robson Brown
Bisham Parish Council
Hocket Hill, Cookham Dean, Maidenhead, SL6 9UF
Tel: 01628 628485

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