People and businesses in the Ilfracombe area asked to register interest for a better internet connection.

BUSINESSES and residents in the Ilfracombe area have been urged to keep up the pressure for ‘super-fast’ internet broadband connection and not to get left behind the rest of the region.

It was announced last week that Barnstaple will join Bideford on the BT Openreach schedule to receive superfast broadband in 2013, but Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe are not on the list.

Business support group COMBEBusiness says BT will only upgrade exchanges where it can prove there is commercial demand and has called on the whole community to show its interest.

“The better the tools business has, the more the economy can grow, so it is of vital importance,” said Robert Zarywacz of COMBEBusiness.

“BT is only upgrading where it can see demand, so everybody who wants it has to register.

“The connection speeds here are incredibly variable. Businesses need consistency wherever they are and need a reliable fast connection.”

But he said it was not just businesses, but residents and the entire community which would benefit from a vastly improved connection.

People are being asked to register their interest in super-fast broadband via superfast-openreach.co.uk and encourage colleagues, friends and family to do the same. People are also asked to register at www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk