December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 30, 2013
Support is continuing to pour in for the EDP’s Let’s Get Connected campaign for better mobile phone and broadband coverage in Norfolk and Suffolk, with 126 responses from readers within the last five days.
That figure comes on top of responses early last week, bringing the total to nearly 170 as the initiative to try to improve the signal across the two counties gathers pace.
Robin Page, of St Peter’s Road, Sheringham said there had been no signal from one supplier for seven days.
He added: “I have been in touch and they know there’s a problem but don’t know when it will be fixed.”
Edwin Winter, of Darrow Green, Denton, said: “Thank you so much for this campaign. We rural dwellers seem to be completely neglected with these modern technology services – no mobile service and atrocious broadband on which we are more and more dependent with banking, HMRC tax affairs and general business use.”
He said there seemed to be plenty of money for projects such as the government’s proposed HS2 high- speed railway between London Euston and the Midlands, but not to spend on improving communication technology.
The campaign has also received support from Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman.
On his webpage, he wrote: “Mobile phone coverage is a huge problem in Norfolk which needs to be addressed.
“I strongly support the EDP’s Let’s Get Connected campaign and have launched this page as a platform for the constituency to voice their concerns to me about mobile phone coverage in our area, which will then be used in further campaigns for county-wide service improvements.”
The campaign has also been backed by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, who has written to the chief executive of Vodafone challenging the communication giant’s continuing signal problems on the north Norfolk coast.
Mr Lamb wrote to Guy Lawrence after two people said they had been without signal for three days.
Part of his letter read: “For there to have been yet another significant loss of service for Vodafone customers after the disruption that has already occurred recently is incredibly frustrating for customers. I also do not think it is acceptable.”
He added he wanted to meet with a senior representative of Vodafone UK in north Norfolk to improve the resilience of the network and prevent further signal problems.
Other MPs who have given their backing include South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon and Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambs.
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith said: “I really welcome the paper scrutinising this. Mobile phone coverage is essential to any business, but also for just getting about in daily life.”
To add your support to the Let’s Get Connected campaign, you can visit www.edp24.co.uk/news/lets-get-connected