A Community Comes Together
Thank you to everyone who braved the storms last Thursday evening to come along to the New Inn in Appletreewick to discuss broadband with me, a newcomer to the area.
‘Should decent broadband be considered as essential as a telephone line, electricity, running water and a source of heat for your home / business?’ I think so and so do the many people from the area who met to discuss Julian Smith’s North Yorkshire Broadband initiative before the conference on the 19th February.
In the last few weeks I’ve personally had to renew a passport, change the address on my driving license, pay a tax bill and arrange new car insurance online. These tasks should have taken minutes and not hours, but that was the case with my poor broadband connection. This frustration is mirrored with many people in my local community and we relish the thought that with our MP’s support, we might experience some positive changes.
Our problems are exaggerated when we consider broadband in a commercial context. On those days that we try and work from home and our internet is down you can hear the cries of frustration echoing along Wharfedale! Time is money…and in with today’s economic challenges we need to be efficient and entrepreneurial. Here are a few of the lost opportunities & work related challenges raised at the meeting…
· Farmers unable to participle in online feed / cattle auctions and unable to research purchase new equipment & technologies
· Business people unable to be home based & having to commute instead…
o HRM / Recruiters
o Financial Services
o Computer Programmers
o Software Developers
o Web Developers
· Tourist destinations failing to communicate with potential visitors / customers
· School teachers & academics unable to research online
· Secure databases unable to be backed up & knowledge being lost
· Media opportunities unrealised
· On line businesses not being set up in the area
There is a wealth of small business opportunity sitting in our area just waiting to be developed. With better broadband we can communicate with the world and realise much of this opportunity.
Adrian Precious lives in Skyreholme near Skipton. He will be bringing the community’s thoughts to the Broadband North Yorkshire Conference.