John Lamont MP is backing a campaign to help Borders residents get faster broadband, for the same or less money than they pay now.
Ofcom figures show that over 80% of homes and offices in the Borders now have access to superfast broadband. But across the Scotland, less than half have taken it up and many local residents could be missing out on faster speeds or paying more than they need to.
To help people get the best broadband deal for them, market regulator Ofcom has launched Boost Your Broadband, an information campaign and website that aims to demystify the broadband market, particularly for people who might be daunted by the choice on offer. By following three simple steps at BoostYourBroadband.com, broadband users can check their options, decide what they need and get clear, independent advice on how to go about getting the best broadband deal for them.
John Lamont MP is urging local residents who want to speed up their broadband and save money in the process to visit the website, follow the advice and find out if they could get more, for less from their broadband.
John Lamont MP said: “A lot of work remains to be done to get more properties in the Borders connected to superfast broadband. We still have a way to go to reach the Scottish Government’s target of 95% of properties and their R100 programme is already behind schedule.
“But for those who are lucky enough to have access to a decent connection, it’s important to take up this opportunity and to make sure you are not paying too much for your connection.
“This website is a really simply tool, run by the independent experts at Ofcom, to help you boost your broadband.
“I’d certainly encourage Borderers to take a look and see if you can get a better broadband deal.”
www.boostyourbroadband.com has a three step process:
- Enter your postcode to see what type of broadband – standard, superfast or ultrafast – is available at your address. This checker draws on Ofcom’s latest, authoritative information.
- Decide what you need – by seeing what kind of broadband user you are.
- Speak to your provider – armed with information on what to ask for, and how to get the best deal. Or shop around to see what deals other providers offer.