Wednesday, 02 September 2015

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Broadband campaigner in line for digital award

AN EDEN broadband campaigner is in the running to be named a digital hero.

Chris Elphick, of Ravenstonedale parish council, has reached the final of a competition organised by TalkTalk. His organisation’s Fell End Community Broadband project is also in the running for a prize to be decided by a national vote from which the winner will receive a £5,000 technology grant to help their cause.

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in conjunction with Citizens Online, celebrates people who use digital technology to bring about positive social change.

Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart is urging people to vote for Mr Elphick and Fell End. He said: Thanks to their dedication, hard work and unrelenting belief in the real advantages that super-fast broadband can bring to our most remote areas, they have come up with the first national community build-and-benefit mode.

“It shows how communities can work with government and the private sector to build business cases to connect those final few homes.

“This prize money represents almost a third of the total cost of bringing super-fast broadband to almost 60 properties.

“Fell End have shown how this can be done, and the broadband spotlight continues to be shone on our constituency. It would be absolutely fantastic to recognise how important this project is for the entire nation.”

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