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Collapse Of Broadband Project Upsets Rural Residents

Friday September 6 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

THE collapse of a multi-million pound super-fast broadband project will make residents in rural areas 'second-class citizens', according to a disappointed woman.

A decision to scrap the Digital Region scheme, due to a lack of customers, could mean some rural homeowners are forced to return to slow internet speeds because of the absence of an adequate alternative.

Josephine Crayton, of Middlecliffe Drive, Crow Edge, experienced huge improvements in her connection after adopting the new service in February - describing the change as moving from 'the caveman age to modern times', with speeds increasing from 1.3MB of data to 23MB.

The 71-year-old feels the internet is her lifeline and is angered at the prospect of reverting back.

"The service is wonderful and we feel we've had the rug pulled from under our feet," she said. "We feel we're being discriminated against.

"I would go as far as to call it broadband discrimination. They've made people in the rural areas of Barnsley into second-class citizens.

"I don't think people know how important the internet is to us. We can't do without it."

Matt Atkinson, from Origin - the largest provider on the Digital Region network - said the company was trying to match customers up with like-for-like services but, in Mrs Crayton's case, the infrastructure was not available.

"We're looking at it at the minute every day and working out the best options for our customers," he said.

"Our priority is to provide a continuity service to keep customers going.

"We're looking to take over certain broadband cabinets and looking at the logistics and the costs."

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Reply Posted by Kelly on Thursday September 12 2013 at 15:08
Upto 23mb in rural areas - I only live in grimethorpe and struggle to over 1mb I would be happy with 1.3mb!!

Reply Posted by karen on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 18:21
I'm in Grimethorpe and with BT and got Infinity and it's great..Downloads...just like that...

Reply Posted by TheWomble on Thursday September 12 2013 at 15:25
Hang on, didn't Mr Tony Blair sign something that would make this all happen? Why the excuses? Oh, hang on, they've spent it on expense payments again and dodgy accountancy costs! Silly ME!

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 18:15
We get 0.7 mb if we are lucky and have to manage no fibre optic even coming to our area in Brampton for the foreseeable future And yes we would happy to get faster broadband but unfortunately its
something you have to live with. If its that much of an issue move house !

Reply Posted by karen on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 18:19
I'm on Infinity in Grimethorpe and well pleased...Hope I get to keep it...

Reply Posted by Marie on Friday September 20 2013 at 15:15
We don't have BT infinity - fiber optic is not available on our estate in Grimethorpe (Haslam / keepmoat phase 1) guessing Kelly must live around this bit, so we just have to make do with what we have until it's updated - god knows when that will be!! But it doesn't stop us watching catch up, online gameing or doing anything on the internet - might just take 5mins rather than 5 seconds to download something.
Don't really this this is a valid story - they still has an internet connection so can still do exactly the same as before!!!

Reply Posted by Jigga on Friday September 20 2013 at 23:20
50.52Mbps download and 14.93 upload - fibre baby!
Move to Sheffield :o)

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