Most of us have Broadband at home nowadays and you are almost certainly using it to view this page. Broadband is a wonderful thing, but at cocking.org we subscribe to that old saying, "A Cocking computer user can never be too rich, too thin or have too fast a Broadband connection". Let's face it, web pages take too long to appear, far too often.
Your Editor has to confess that he is a heavy user of the World Wide Web and the Internet generally, but he is probably not alone in wanting more speed from his Internet Service Provider. His connection is from BT, but whether or not you are a BT customer, unless you use a mobile phone network it will still be BT's copper cables that deliver the connection and are therefore the speed they can provide is the limiting factor. So we all have a vested interest in BT doing something to improve their infrastructure.
Maybe they will one day. Recently BT launched something called the Race to Infinity to drum up public interest in having local exchanges upgraded to a faster speed using fibre-optic rather than copper cables. They are offering five exchanges a priority upgrade and are encouraging local campaigns. It is easy to be cynical and assume this is largely a marketing stunt by BT; it probably is and it's probably true that locally we are unlikely to win this competition. Nevertheless, someone has to and if a high percentage of local people here and in other rural areas vote, perhaps even if they don't win, BT wlll get the message that nobody wants to move to a city just to get faster Broadband.
Today, 23rd October, the entry for the Midhurst Exchange showed that only 31 people or 0.66% had voted for our local exchange to be upgraded. Ours isn't the lowest percentage in the country, but as the winners will be the exchanges with over 1,000 votes where the highest percentage of households vote, we will have to do better and aim at the 100% target of 4,680 votes. So if you want to take part, click on the Race to Infinity Ad Banner at the top of this page when it comes round, or click here. Good luck to us - we only have until 31st December to take part.
While you are waiting for Infinity, you can click here to test your connection speed. It's a menu option under 'Help' too.