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A partnership between Avanti Broadband, the Access to Broadband Campaign and the Community Broadband Network has today launched a website survey to identify so-called broadband ‘notspots’ around the UK. A notspot is an area that currently cannot get a satisfactory broadband service.

More than 99% of the population will soon be able to be connected to a BT exchange that has been enabled for broadband services, and around 50% of the population are able to get cable broadband. However there are pockets of the country that are out of range or for some other reason cannot get a broadband service. Many such areas have been catered for through satellite and wireless services – often organised on a community basis.

The survey is at www.notspot.info. The aim of the partnership is to get a detailed picture of where the notspots are and then to work with public sector, commercial and community partners to tackle the problem.

Avanti and CBN previously partnered in a bid to tackle notspots in the West Midlands region leading to a substantial contract. Matthew O’Connor, MD of Avanti Broadband said: “We are delighted to partner with CBN and ABC in this important work. Where are our services are relevant we are keen to work with local communities and ensure that everyone who needs broadband can get it.”

The Community Broadband Network, set up with support from the government, co-operative and private sectors, has more than 200 local broadband projects on its books. CBN has assisted over 80 mainly rural communities to organise broadband services often on a social enterprise basis. Malcolm Corbett, CEO of CBN said: “BT and the other providers have done a great job in rolling out broadband so widely. But there are gaps and we need to find out where they are so that solutions can be found to meet community needs.”

The Access to Broadband Campaign campaigns for 100% broadband coverage and for the take up and use of broadband to support economic and social development. Brian Condon, who leads ABC said:

“Broadband is the fourth utility. Without it communities and their residents are at a disadvantage economically and socially. ABC is committed to ensuring that we achieve 100% coverage and are pleased to be working with Avanti and CBN to identify the remaining notspots”.

A summary of the findings will be published in early March when the extent of the Notspot problem will become clear.

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Notes to Editors:
About Avanti
Avanti offers two core products. Its first commercial success is screenmedia, whereby Avanti installs and runs television channels for retailers, pubs and malls at or close to the point of sale. Retailers use these channels to entertain and inform customers, build brand, promote products and generate new sources of advertising revenues.
Broadband services are its second success. Avanti operates a highly advanced bi-directional satellite system which it combines with 802.11b and 802.11g wireless services to provide zones of broadband coverage for fixed and roaming applications. The technology is cost competitive and reliable, and is highly scalable at low marginal cost. The technology has been developed in collaboration with the European Apace Agency and the British National Space Centre (a department of the DTI) over the last five years.
In August 2005 Avanti won the right to use the orbital position at 33.5°W to operate a satellite. The financing for the build element of this project has been raised and the construction of Avanti’s first satellite has commenced, due for launch in 2008. Avanti will use this satellite to provide broadband and televisions services in Europe. Avanti is one of only eight companies in Europe with such capabilities.
www.avantibroadband.com
www.avanti-screenmedia.com

About the Community Broadband Network
CBN was set up in early 2004 to help local communities set up broadband services. CBN provides expert help and advice. Over 200 projects are mapped on CBN’s website at www.broadband-uk.coop. Many local projects use low cost wireless networks to provide broadband access. They operate in both rural and urban areas delivering broadband, stimulating demand and developing new content and services. Often set up on a social enterprise basis, community networks have proved adept at engaging local people in organising their services.
CBN is supported financially by the DTI, DEFRA, Countryside Agency, Co-operative Action and Cisco Systems.
For more details contact: Malcolm Corbett, 0845 456 2466.
M.Corbett@broadband-uk.coop
www.broadband-uk.coop

About the Access to Broadband Campaign
The Access to Broadband Campaign was launched in October 2002 and exists to promote the universal availability of true broadband Internet access. The objectives of ABC are to accelerate the deployment of high speed – "broadband" - Internet access throughout the UK and to make it as affordable and accessible as possible to all members of the community. ABC is self-funded and welcomes donations for the continuing need for its work in 2006 and beyond as UK discovers that the broadband job is not yet done.
For more details contact: Lindsey Annison, L.Annison@gmail.com
www.ABCampaign.org.uk

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