SUPERFAST BROADBAND connections for residents and businesses in Hedon look set to be rolled out next spring thanks to a campaign by the Town Mayor.
Hedon Mayor, Councillor John Dennis will update the Hedon Town Council tonight (Thurs 24th July 2014) with the news that the town will have KC’s Lightstream High Speed Broadband Service much earlier than was originally planned.
Cllr Dennis, first raised the issue of superfast broadband for the town in February this year, and again in his Mayor’s Report to the Annual Town Meeting in April, when he told council members and the public in attendance that he had held initial discussions with the Lightstream roll-out team leaders and questioned why Hedon was so low down the priority list for superfast broadband, when much smaller communities in the KC area have already got it.
The Mayor now reports ‘that after much discussion, and some gentle persuasion’, KC’s response has been very positive. Subject to certain technical issues being resolved, Hedon residents can look forward to having KC’s Lightstream facility as soon as Spring 2015, which is several years earlier than originally scheduled.
Even better news is that businesses who need faster broadband sooner, can in fact apply for the service now if they wish, but this will be subject to a higher connection costs. All they need to do is call KC and ask to talk about Business Lightstream
Cllr Dennis said: “The item was placed on the Town Council Agenda over a week ago, and it is purely coincidental that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have since announced their high-speed broadband successes out there in BT Land – of course there are other suppliers out there too – and that’s really good news for them. However, I am very pleased to bring the news to the people of Hedon, here, deep in KC territory, that they are not being left out.
“This has come about because I was perturbed to hear earlier this year that a number of very small communities were already receiving Lightstream, yet a bustling, vibrant town like ours was way down the list. Something had to be done, and as the Mayor I decided it was my job to look into it. I am already moving forward with my own application to upgrade my business broadband connection, and expect many others will be doing so too.
“Much work is still to be done however before it all comes to fruition and the Town Council will need to join with the KC team to promote the service and encourage local interest.”
Hedon Town Council meets tonight (Thurs 24th July) for a Public Participation Session at the Town Hall from 7pm – 7:30pm – the regular council meetings will follow immediately after, and this includes the Finance & General Purposes Committee at which the broadband issue will be formally raised.