Labour launch petition to extend fibre broadband across Chipping Barnet

Cllr Amy Trevethan, Underhill councillor and Labour parliamentary candidate for Chipping Barnet, has launched a petition calling on BT to extend fibre broadband across Chipping Barnet.

When Amy last wrote to BT asking when fibre broadband would be available in Chipping Barnet, they couldn't give a date - but suggested that the local community raises private funding to cover some of the cost because otherwise installation would not be ‘commercially viable’. 

So despite making £2 billion in profits in 2013-14, and receiving £250 million in Government subsidy to upgrade more rural areas, they’re asking local people to foot the bill. But Chipping Barnet residents shouldn't have to pay extra when other areas are getting upgraded for free. 

Barnet council has confirmed that there are no planning constraints preventing the roll-out of fibre broadband in the borough, so the roll-out is solely down to BT.

BT Openreach’s website says, ‘knowing there is a healthy demand in your area can really help’. 

Cllr Amy Trevethan, Labour councillor for Underhill and parliamentary candidate for Chipping Barnet said: “In just a few days since our petition went live we already have over a hundred and fifty signatures. Fibre broadband will help both residents and small businesses so we want to encourage as many people as possible to sign the petition to show BT the demand is there, and to tell them to stop being super-slow about super-fast broadband.”

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Notes:

1. To contact Cllr Trevethan: cllr.a.trevethan@barnet.gov.uk

2. To sign the petition: http://betterbarnet.nationbuilder.com/extend_fibre_broadband_across_chipping_barnet

3. BT Openreach: http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/faq/  

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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