Jon Baker from Devon County Council outlined the reasons why NGA is important to Devon – it’s a very rural county, with dispersed communities in remote areas that have difficulty accessing services. Getting people animated about what NGA can do for them and their businesses is very important here, as is getting corporate commitment. With the development of the Science Parks, ICT needs to go to the top of the agenda.
Dave Cornish from Connecting Somerset is claiming Britain’s best-kept wireless secret: a wireless broadband service has been set up which is very much community-based, and reaches to the businesses and communities in Exmoor – up to 40Mbps can be available. Businesses, community projects, local groups such as the scouts, and events such as the Ironman can all benefit from the service.
Connecting Bristol’s Stephen Hilton says that enabling people to live and work more smartly is really at the heart of NGA, particularly bearing in mind the climate change context.