EVESHAM’s MP Nigel Huddleston has backed a campaign to help his constituents get faster broadband, for the same or less money than they pay now.
Ofcom figures show that 91 per cent of homes and offices in Mid Worcestershire can now get superfast broadband.
But across the West Midlands, only around half have taken it up and many local residents could be missing out on faster speeds. Many are paying more than they need to as well.
Around four million UK households with old-style, basic broadband have passed their initial contract period and could switch to superfast for the same – or less – money than they currently pay.
To help people get the best broadband deal for them, Ofcom has launched Boost Your Broadband, an information campaign and website that aims to demystify the broadband market, particularly for people who might be daunted by the choice on offer.
The broadband market is highly competitive, with superfast broadband packages now available from around £20 a month. By following three simple steps at BoostYourBroadband.com, broadband users can check their options, decide what they need and get clear, independent advice on how to go about getting the best broadband deal for them. This is how it works:
* Enter your postcode to see what type of broadband – standard, superfast or ultrafast – is available at your address. This checker draws on Ofcom’s latest, authoritative information.
* Decide what you need – by seeing what kind of broadband user you are.
* Speak to your provider – armed with information on what to ask for, and how to get the best deal. Or shop around to see what deals other providers offer.
“Broadband is one of the issues raised most frequently with me by constituents and access to superfast broadband cannot come soon enough for my constituents,” Mr Huddleston said.
“Thanks to the vital work being done with the rollout of superfast broadband, the historically slow broadband connection across Worcestershire should soon become a thing of the past.
“It is crucial Worcestershire residents are made aware when it is possible for them to access faster broadband speeds so I would urge all my constituents to check through Ofcom’s Boost your Broadband campaign whether they are eligible to switch. ”