Campaign leader hits out at Northumberland broadband rollout header image

Published: 24th Mar 2014

People in Northumberland may benefit from turning to satellite broadband as the official rollout of super-fast services has been criticised by the leader of a local campaign group.

Stephen Waddington of 'We Want Better Broadband and Mobile Services in the Coquet Valley’ claimed the project to improve connectivity in the region is "no cause for celebration in Northumberland as our politicians would have us believe".

In a letter sent to the Northumberland Gazette, he said a number of settlements in Northumberland are set to miss out on the rollout, creating "digital ghettos" in rural areas.

"Inevitably, there will be an impact on house prices, commerce, education and social inclusion," Mr Waddington added.

He called on BT and Northumberland's local politicians to release full details of the areas that are set to be included in the rollout. 

Mr Waddington's comments follow those from Peter Jackson, leader of the Conservative party in the region, who claimed the project to bring super-fast broadband to the county is in "chaos" due to funding cuts.