Campaign launched to tackle Nottingham's digitally disadvantaged

One in five Nottinghamshire homes and businesses, more than 116,000 properties are trailing behind with slow or no broadband at all. Photo: PA

A campaign is underway by councillors and business leaders, to get faster broadband for the people of Nottingham.

People in cities around the UK are benefitting from superfast broadband which enables users to take advantage of services that the people of Nottingham cannot, due to the lack of the same broadband offerings.

One in five Nottinghamshire homes and businesses, that is more than 116,000 properties are still languishing behind with slow or no broadband at all.

One of hundreds of 'slow spots' in Nottingham where there is little or no broadband service is Cropwell Bishop.

Businesses cannot run websites from the village and families cannot watch on-demand television or use video calling technology such as Skype, for some even sending an email proves problematic.

The campaign by Nottingham County Council and local business leaders is calling for 5,000 Nottingham residents and businesses to sign a pledge which will be used to show the high level of demand for decent broadband connection.

The County Council, District Councils and Government are putting up £8.5million towards the cost of providing broadband to the whole county, but another £8.5million of investment is needed by a broadband provider.

The campaign's aim to is prove to providers there is demand and so a good investment for a broadband provider to make.