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Next step in Labour campaign to bring superfast broadband to Rotherhithe


11 June 2014
Labour Leader of Southwark Council Peter John and London Assembly Member Val Shawcross today met with superfast broadband provider BT Openreach in what they described as a “positive and productive meeting” to discuss bringing superfast broadband to Rotherhithe.

At the meeting Peter John and Val Shawcross restated the need for an improved broadband service in the Rotherhithe peninsula. Labour has led the campaign for superfast broadband to be extended to Rotherhithe, as residents currently face unacceptably slow broadband speeds in the area. BT plan to invest £50 million in the next stage of rolling out superfast broadband across the UK and have said they are actively reviewing the business case for Rotherhithe.
 
Labour Leader of Southwark Council Peter John said:
 
“We promised to bring superfast broadband to Rotherhithe during the local election campaign and we remain determined to do this. After a positive and productive meeting with BT I am confident that we will be able to progress this issue and ensure that residents in Rotherhithe have access to superfast broadband.”

Val Shawcross, London Assembly Member for Southwark and Lambeth, said:

“I have been campaigning on this issue for many months now and the amount of correspondence I have had from frustrated Rotherhithe residents demonstrates the demand for better internet services in the area. Rotherhithe suffers unacceptably slow broadband speeds compared to the rest of London. The fact the council are backing the campaign to solve this problem has encouraged BT to take our concerns more seriously.

“I urge all Rotherhithe residents to complete an Openreach ‘expression of interest’ form online to make sure BT are fully convinced of this demand.”

The form can be found here.


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