City councillors call on KC to roll out superfast broadband in university area
By Hazel Chua | Broadband Expert (UK) | November 20, 2011
Various Internet service providers are now rolling out fibre to upgrade and expand their current networks. BT Broadband has been laying out fibre at accelerated speeds, pushing back the estimated date of completion from 2015 to 2014. The broadband giant asserts that the move “will help the government achieve its ambition of having the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.”
Virgin Media has also been hard at work in their roll out, announcing that they were done with the first phase and were now offering speeds of up to 100Mb to a third of the UK.
KC, a telecommunications firm based in Hull, is also set to announce the location for the next stage of its fibre roll out. KC has been laying down fibre optic cables to replace their copper networks. Upon the completion of the planned upgrade, an additional 15,000 households and establishments in East Yorkshire will be able to enjoy broadband speeds that are up to 10 times what their connections are currently providing them with.
Beverley ward city councillors Karen Mathieson and Dave McCobb have called on KC to select locations in Hull that are in the university areas as the next location for their upgrades, specifically, the Avenues, Newland Avenue, University and Beverley High Road areas.
McCobb said: “Everyone welcomes KC’s move to improve the number of homes that can access super-fast broadband. The city desperately needs this kind of investment in infrastructure. I have asked KC to consider including the Avenues, Newland Avenue, the area around the University and Beverley High Road in their next phase. These areas have a much higher than average level of internet use and need the service. They also contain some very diverse communities which will allow KC to test demand from different types of households.”
This will be especially helpful to university students, since a vast majority rely on the Internet to do their research and get their work done. Online connectivity also aids students in communicating with one another and sending files if they cannot physically meet.
McCobb adds: “Parts of our area don’t have access to high-speed broadband. We have even had reports of people paying for a level of broadband that the local infrastructure can’t support – in effect, paying for a service they cannot receive. Clearly something needs to be done about this.”
KC’s director of consumer services, Nick Thompson, had earlier stated: “We’re investing millions of pounds to instal super-fast fibre services and will announcing the locations for the next phase of our fibre deployment before Christmas. The vast majority of our customers already receive download speeds that would be the envy of many broadband users elsewhere in the UK.”
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