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Whitchurch mayor says internet contest is 'a farce'
WHITCHURCH mayor John Clark has called on telecoms and internet giant BT to ‘deliver on their promise’ as the town continues to wait for the installation of its high speed broadband.
In 2011 Whitchurch residents campaigned for and won BT’s ‘Race to Infinity’ prize, but after two and a half years the service has yet to be completely rolled out in the town.
The continued delays have proved frustrating to local people after working hard to secure the prize from BT.
Councillor Clark said: “Speaking on behalf of the town, it has made the BT competition a farce, especially as Whitchurch had such a fantastic response from its residents to its campaign.
“It would be extremely satisfying if BT could deliver on its promise.
“A number of people have been very disillusioned by not having the faster broadband installed and feel it is affecting their businesses.”
BT said two networks, Fibre To The Premises and End Office, which will help cover Whitchurch are now live with cabinets in London Street, Winchester Road, Church Street, Fairfield and Hurstbourne Priors.
The company said the FTTP network has now been fully cabled and engineers are building the network, which it is hoped will be completed within four weeks.
The End Office network constuction is in progress but is not expected to be completed for eight weeks.
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