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September 12, 2003

Local Campaigner wins national award in BroadbandBritainChallenge

A broadband crusader from Grimsby has been presented with the Local Campaigner award at the national finals of the Broadband Britain Challenge held in London on Friday, September 12, 2003.

Pete Berry set up the Broadband4Grimsby campaign group and has been working for two years to get his local exchange enabled. His efforts were rewarded as the exchange for Grimsby went live on August 20, 2003. Pete has also successfully campaigned for DSL broadband in Cleethorpes and Barton upon Humber.

He is currently campaigning for another 14 exchanges around his local area and hopes to get DSL broadband in the whole of Southbank & Humber and Northern Lincolnshire.

Three challengers (runners up) were also recognised for their dedication in campaigning for broadband in their local areas. They are:
• George Hill – for his work with Broadband Banwell campaign group
• Colin Davenport – for his work with Broadband for Shildon
• Les Cashin - for her work with The Peebles Broadband Action Group.

The Broadband Britain Challenge, supported by BT, sets out to find local people who are championing the most innovative and advanced use of DSL broadband so that they can inspire others, whether at home, work, education or at leisure. The local campaigner category was set up to award people who are going that extra mile to get DSL broadband in their area.

The winners received their accolades at a VIP awards ceremony held at London’s Royal Horticultural Halls, hosted by TV presenter Paul Ross. Pete Berry accepted his award from Local Campaigner judge, Howard Lake of Fundraising UK Limited.

When Pete decided to start up his own website,, two years ago, the frustration of a dial up internet connection prompted him to campaign for his local DSL broadband exchange to be enabled. By setting up a website specifically to highlight the benefits of DSL broadband, Pete was able to promote DSL broadband to local people and track registrations of interest. The Grimsby exchange was enabled on August 20, 2003.

Pete comments, "The aim of my campaign was to get the community more involved with modern technologies and its benefits. The only way to get DSL broadband noticed more in my area, was to campaign for all the exchanges and not just my own."

Philippa Winterburn, head of broadband marketing at BT Wholesale said, “Local broadband campaigners have played a huge part in the success of the trigger scheme and we’ll continue to work with local people to promote the great benefits DSL broadband can bring to businesses and communities.
DSL broadband usage in Britain has now passed the 1.25 million mark and we’re working as fast as we can to bring this new technology to as many people as possible. We hope that the stories of the champions in this Challenge will encourage others to experience the variety of resources now available through DSL broadband



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