Welwyn Garden City campaigners demand fibre optic broadband

PUBLISHED: 10:27 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:31 23 February 2015

Panshanger internet users gathered at a disfunctional fibre optic box

Panshanger internet users gathered at a disfunctional fibre optic box


Internet users turned out in force on Saturday to demand faster broadband access to Welwyn Garden City homes.

More than 30 people gathered at a BT fibre optic box at a Panshanger roundabout, which according to campaign leader Paul Osgood was installed a year ago, but never activated.

Campaigners say without fibre optic connections their work is less efficient, and their leisure online activities are restricted.

Mr Osgood told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We had a turnout of 31 local residents. There are some strongly held views amongst them and I was amazed at their willingness to get involved in this campaign.

“We are now turning our attention to local stakeholders who can help us speed up the process.”

BT says it has a county council contract to connect 14,000 Hertfordshire homes and businesses by March next year, and it has not decided whether Panshanger will be included.

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