Join our call for better broadband

ALL businesses will know how powerful the internet can be when it comes to keeping up with the competition.

But poor service across Lincolnshire is putting many of them at a disadvantage.

Now, companies which register their support for the Broadband Means Business Campaign at www.onlincolnshire.org can help get a superfast service and win a free quarter-page advert worth up to £400 to help promote their company.

The Mercury is pitting itself against all Johnston Press publications in the county in a bid to be the area which has the highest number of sign-ups to the campaign. Businesses which have shown their support in that area will then be entered into a prize draw to win the free advert.

Mercury editor Eileen Green said: “Better broadband speeds will bring great advantages to every business in the area, so I would urge them to register. It only takes a couple of minutes and this is a massive investment in our future.”

The list of business sign-ups to the website will be used to lobby service providers to put the infrastructure in place.

The winning business will also get a free e-shot promoting it to members of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, which goes out to thousands of subscribers across the county.

So far 1,192 businesses have answered the call for poor connectivity to be improved.

The onlincolnshire initiative is part of Lincolnshire County Council’s Lincolnshire Broadband Plan, which aims to bring next-generation broadband (a minimum of 24Mbps) to 90 per cent of county premises by 2015 and a guarantee of at least 2Mbps for the remaining.

About £57m will be invested in a better service, including £10m from the county council and £4m from the district councils and European Union.Visit www.onlincolnshire.org