A PETITION has been raised by Denholm Community Council in a bid to improve broadband in the area.
Following the recent by-election the new-look group has launched a campaign to highlight and improve what has been described as a ‘sub-standard’ internet service in the Denholm, Bedrule and Minto area.
But in order to be given serious consideration by British Telecom, the petition has to attract no fewer than 250 signatures.
Chairman Bruce Simpson told the Hawick News: “The problem of unreliability and the cost of broadband has led to numerous complaints being reported to the community council and we have got to engage people to get behind us. We won’t get anywhere unless we get the support.”
Outlining the problem experienced throughout the village and by himself in Minto, Mr Bruce explained: “Whenever you see adverts on the television or in the printed media for superfast broadband at ever decreasing cost you have to read the small print – or do it online for 20 minutes until you come to the final statement – ‘not available in your area’.
“No matter which service provider you check with the same thing happens – we are stuck with a sub-standard broadband system and to make matters worse they charge extra for the privilege.”
Mr Simpson says the poor service is most apparent when users attempt to download films, or when wishing to make video contact with friends and relatives, adding: “We are at a disadvantage and I am really annoyed with it.”
But highlighting the more serious aspect with local businesses being affected, Mr Simpson – a director of a design and publishing company who works from home – commented: “Myself and my colleagues are based in different parts of Scotland and rely on the internet, and sometimes the service is so bad I am at a disadvantage.
“We have got to start pushing for this because it is an important part of our infrastructure as a rural area, and it is a growing part of business as more and more people work from home.”
Denholm & District residents can either sign the petition at the Denholm Post Office or email Bruce at email@example.com