Herts County Council has coordinated a campaign lobbying BT for higher speed broadband at Maylands Business Park and now needs local businesses to get involved.

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Herts County Council, The Hertfordshire LEP and Dacorum Borough Council have lobbied BT to review the business case for superfast broadband at Maylands. BT has been receptive to the views of partners and has indicated that it would consider installing superfast broadband at Maylands provided businesses can demonstrate that there is sufficient demand for the service at the park.

David Lloyd, Executive Member for Resources and Economic Well-Being, said: "This represents a rare opportunity for businesses to group together and convince BT that the delivery of superfast broadband is a commercial imperative and viable proposition in this location. If your business is located in this area, please get in touch and let us know if you want BT to bring superfast broadband to Maylands."

BT would like businesses in the Maylands area to answer two simple questions:

1) Would your business take superfast broadband if it was made available at Maylands?

2) Would you be willing to pay circa £20/month for that superfast broadband service?

If 100-plus businesses are able to respond positively to this question then BT has said they are willing to reconsider the proposal for installing superfast broadband at Maylands.

If you are a business at Maylands and the answers to the above questions are “YES” then please contact James Heslam at Hertfordshire County Council by email at james.heslam@hertscc.gov.uk or by telephone on 01992 588090 by 14 October.

Chair of the Interim LEP Board, John Gourd, said: "Having good broadband is essential for the future well-being of Hertfordshire's economy. Businesses in Maylands have an opportunity to show that there is real demand for getting superfast broadband in their area. One of the Hertfordshire LEP's main priorities is to improve the county's broadband connections and speeds and we will continue to work with partners to achieve this."

The process of pulling this demand together for BT is being coordinated by Hertfordshire County Council following discussions with senior BT representatives as part of your local county council's wider broadband delivery work. For more information visit: www.hertsdirect.org/your-community/broadband/