Telecom Giants Bow To Public Pressure
BT have bowed to public pressure and vowed to upgrade Mauchline's broadband connection by next spring.
And the telecom giant insist Cumnock exchange has ALREADY been upgraded by BT Wholesale for next generation broadband with speeds of up to 20Mb.
Mauchline is next in line for next generation copper broadband service by Spring 2012. The village is one of 31 exchanges to be upghraded in Spring next year.
BT claims the roll-out programm investment will make available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) - more than double the maximum speeds previously available to the majority of UK homes and businesses.
Kilmarnock and Loudon MP Cathy Jamieson said: "I'm pleased that BT has responded positively to the pressure to upgrade Mauchline exchange. But there is more to do to ensure that everyone in the area gets access to super fast broadband, and I hope that we don't need to wait for years to make progress.
I met with BT in Parliament, and they have agreed to my request to set an early date to meet with East Ayrshire Council and they have also offered to met with the Chronicle, in light of the campaign run by the paper. I want our local area to get a fair share of future funding for broadband, so we need to keep the pressure up."
Last week East Ayrshire Council blasted the telecom giant saying they were unhappy with "the lack of commitment from BT to upgrade the exchanges".
BT state this investment is in addition to the £2.5 billion BT roll-out of super-fast, fibre-based broadband, which is expected to bring even faster speeds to two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2015.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: "This is another important step forward for Scotland. Faster broadband can help businesses become more competitive and greatly improve the online services available to families and homeworkers.
"BT is the only company consistently investing in a mixture of faster broadband technologies both in and outside Scotland's major urban areas.
"As the roll-out of faster broadband gathers pace, internet users will increasingly be able to choose the service that suits their needs best."
And internet users in Cumnock who aren't getting the fastest speed possible have been asked to contact their internet service providers. A BT spokesman added: "Customers should contact their internet service providers to see if they can take advantage of the new equipment."
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