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Still waiting for BT's broadband
10:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
WHITCHURCH mayor John Clark has called on BT to ‘deliver on their promise’ as the town continues to wait for the installation of its high speed broadband. In 2011 Whitchurch residents campaigned for and won BT’s ‘Race to Infinity’ prize, but after two anda half years the service is yet to be completely rolled out in the town. Locals have been left frustrated with the continued delays after working hard to secure the prize from BT. Councillor Clark said: “Speaking on behalf of the town, it has made the BT competition a farce, especially as Whitchurch had such a fantastic response from its residents to its campaign. “It would be extremely satisfying if BT could deliver on its promise. “A number of people have been very disillusioned by not having the faster broadband installed and feel it is affecting their businesses. “They are more annoyed by the lack of BT commitment especially in the light that Whitchurch took part in a national competition ran by them, and went on to win. “The prize for winning was to have some IT donated to the town and that the winner would be the first to have it installed, which clearly has not been the case.” Two networks, Fibre to the Premises and End Office, will help cover Whitchurch and cabinets on London Street, Winchester Road, Church Street, Fairfield and Hurstbourne Priors are now live. The FTTP network has now been fully cabled and engineers are building the network, which BT hope will be completed in four weeks. The End Office network build is in progress but is not expected to be completed for eight weeks.
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