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Rural tour aims to get people connected

September 21, 2011

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in Yorkshire is asking to hear from rural residents struggling to get online due to a poor internet connection.

To mark national Get Online Week between 30 October and 6 November, the Association has teamed up with IT and social media expert, John Popham, who will be touring rural communities in the region helping them to get connected.

He said: “This tour is aimed at getting rural Yorkshire online and able to use social media even though they may have come up against seemingly insurmountable barriers of connectivity, technology or attitude.

“I believe passionately in the power of the internet to transform people’s lives for the better and I want to make sure that people, who live in remote rural communities don’t miss out.”

UK Online Centres have run Get Online Week every year for the past 10 years, supported for the last three years by the government’s digital champion Martha Lane Fox.

The CLA’s campaign – Can’t Get Online Week – will specifically highlight the difficulties faced by rural communities.

CLA Yorkshire Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “People and businesses in rural areas feel considerable frustration about how hard it is to get a good, reliable broadband connection.

“The CLA is lobbying to ensure that every rural household can access a broadband connection of at least two megabits per second and this campaign will demonstrate why it is so important.”

If you are part of a rural community which is struggling to get online and would like to be part of the project, please contact the CLA Yorkshire regional office on 01347 823803 or email: info.yorkshire@cla.org.uk

Update – 26 October 2011:

The Can’t Get Online Week Tour will be coming to Yorkshire on Friday 4 November when John Popham will visit three venues with poor or non-existent broadband provision.  He will ask residents to sign a giant (5ft) petition calling on the Government to increase the benchmark broadband speed to 5Mbps.

He will also be interviewing residents about their frustrations in getting online and demonstrating how a fast broadband connection and the use of social media can transform people’s lives. The Yorkshire venues are:

9am – Moorsholm Memorial Hall, Freebrough Road, Moorsholm, Saltburn, Yorkshire, TS12 3JB

12.30pm – The Triton Inn, Sledmere, Driffield, East Yorkshire, Y025 3XQ      

3.30pm – The Red Lion, South Stainley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3ND

One Comment leave one →
  1. September 21, 2011 11:17 am

    What a brilliant idea! well done CLA and that @johnpopham #cantgetonline

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