By Audlem Webteam - 6th July 2012 7:02am
Interested in better faster broadband?
If so, if you haven't done it already, please use the link in the banner headline on the Audlem online home page to get onto the Connecting Cheshire website and register your interest.
Today, July 6th is the absolute deadline to register your interest, apparently. It's a very simple process and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Audlem residents have been responding superbly. We hear that a fifth of all responses from across all of Cheshire have been from Audlem in the past week or so!
The bigger and better the local response, the stronger the argument for Audlem to be in with a chance of gaining Superfast Broadband. Nothing, of course, is guaranteed in life but being the most responsive place in the county will help.
Meanwhile the Parish Council working group is putting together the case for superfast broadband for Audlem to be submitted to Connecting Cheshire.
Here's just a few arguments that support the need for Superfast Broadband locally:
Broadband allows households to:
- shop online
- research the best value deals on a range of household utilities and services
- book holidays
- stay in touch with friends and family members all over the world
- avoid unnecessary journeys by working from home
- access essential services such as healthcare advice and legal support
- and much much more.
Broadband allows businesses to:
- manage staff who work remotely from the main office — for example, from home offices
- easily communicate with staff, customers and the outside world
- market products and services to an international audience
- locate multiple offices across the world while keeping them all connected
- run technologically-advanced, data hungry businesses from rural locations
Broadband allows students to:
- receive homework assignments and submit completed work over the Internet
- carry out research using many rich, interactive and specialised resources
- study towards degree-level qualifications from their home
- remain within their home area without having to travel to other parts of the world to enrol in higher education
For schools, colleges and universities, broadband allows them to:
- remain open throughout periods of bad weather — interacting with students even when they can't physically attend their building
- develop closer relationships with parents and guardians with more regular and timely communications
- appeal to students across a wider geography
- explore new and engaging methods of delivering education in order to inspire and develop their students
Broadband allows patients to:
- participate in online support networks 24/7
- conveniently make appointments with their GP or dentist over the Internet
- stay in contact with their healthcare providers over large geographic distances
Healthcare providers can use broadband to:
- provide treatment to patients in their own homes
- develop new and innovative ways of delivering specialised services
- securely and quickly share patient information across healthcare providers
- create medical centres of excellence — focussing on specialised medical treatments in a single location, yet covering a large geographic area
Voluntary groups can use broadband to:
- co-ordinate volunteers across wide areas
- easily promote their services to those who need their help
- work in partnership with other organisations to share information in real time
- attract potential volunteers to help support their work
Broadband allows the public sector to:
- give residents 24 hour access to council services and procedures
- develop new and innovative ways of working
- make considerable cost savings by moving more customer communications online
- co-ordinate multiple teams and agencies in the event of a crisis situation
If you are interested, please register your interest in Superfast Broadband using the link on the Audlem Online Homepage.
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