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Winter 2010

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Check out your broadband!

Almost every family now has or wants access to a broadband connection. As with all technology, what was a great step forward when you first began, quickly becomes outdated. So it is with speeds of broadband connection.

Some households are happy with upload speeds of 1 to 2 megabytes per second (Mbps) and some are very frustrated at 4 or 5 Mbps.

Businesses with large files of software or with large pictures to send or download are having a very difficult time in the village. In fact, at least one business has moved out of the village for this reason - a sad loss of employment and economic activity.

The range of speeds in the village varies from 0.5 Mbps to 4.5Mbps. The Government objective is to get us all to 20 Mbps or higher. Then TV, films and computer games plus all business activities would be satisfactory.

What is your speed? Please go to www.mybroadbandspeed.co.uk and press the begin button. It will tell you the speed at which data leaves your computer (upload) and also the speed at which data comes to your computer (download).

The Barrow Business Forum is surveying the village to establish the range of speeds which differ from house to house. We are in discussion with BT and OpenReach with a view to increasing speeds.

Already we are promised a small upgrade which will increase speeds across the village by about 0.5 - 1 Mbps in May 2011, but we need significantly higher speeds.

To add your weight to the case, please let me have details of your current upload and download speeds from the test detailed above. The more we scream, the more we will improve our position in the upgrade merry go round.

Email me at barrie.joyatkinson@btopenworld.com