Pupils at Dawley Church of
England Primary School were asked to come up with a name for Superfast
Telford’s new online ‘mascot’ to coincide with the first fibre broadband
cabinet going live as part of the ambitious roll-out programme.
Chloe Norry, aged 8, came up with
the winning cartoon character name – Rapid Sid - after hearing about the
high-speed fibre broadband coming to the area. She said: “It is really
important because people can learn things from the Internet and it can be fun
for you when you are researching. It helps you get better at school.”
Rapid Sid is now set to become a
regular feature of the Superfast Telford website
- where he will be sharing useful tips and advice about the benefits of the
technology as well as updates on the programme roll-out.
The naming of the mascot comes as
around 120 households and businesses in the Doseley Road area of Dawley became the
first to be able to benefit from high-speed fibre broadband as a result of the
Superfast Telford partnership.
Local households opting for an
upgrade are now able to order fibre broadband with download speeds of up to 80
megabits per second (Mbps) and uploads of up to 20Mbps*.
Nick Andrews, head teacher of
Dawley CE Primary School, said: “The children were really engaged doing
this activity and had great fun. The internet is so important to them and
their lives. It is brilliant that they have the opportunity to add something to
a physical image based on something they use every day.”
Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet
member for Customer Services, said: “I would like to thank residents for their
patience while essential surveying and engineering work has taken place ahead
of the official roll out of Superfast Telford.”
“I am delighted that we recently
celebrated the first cabinet to go live – it was the first tangible milestone
for residents and businesses and we’ll see Superfast Telford being rolled out across
the borough over the next couple of years.”
Ed Vaizey, Digital Economy
Minister said: "This is fantastic for the additional homes and businesses
in Telford who can now for the first time benefit from all that superfast
broadband speeds can offer. Our nationwide rollout has already reached 3.5
million UK premises who would otherwise have missed out and we're on track to
get to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.”
Ian Binks, BT’s regional manager
for Telford & Wrekin, said: “Whatever you do online you can do it better
with fibre broadband. The high-speed technology enables several people in the
household to be online at the same time. This means children can play games
that they’ve had for Christmas or do their homework without affecting mum and
dad shopping online, streaming videos, watching catch-up television and
uploading photos. Alternatively, it can help people wanting to start a new business
or hobby or maybe even to kick-start a new fitness regime with online support.”
Superfast Telford is a £5.6m
partnership between Telford & Wrekin Council, BT and the Government’s
Broadband Delivery UK programme which will bring superfast fibre broadband to
98 per cent of households in the borough by the end of 2017.
The network being installed by
Openreach – BT’s local network business - will enable people to choose from a
wide range of broadband service providers.
All the latest information on the programme can
be found on the partnership’s website on our website including a map searchable by postcode.