I've been trying for some time to have Thanet's broadband speed improved and have even tried taking the matter up with BT's public affairs people directly. Clearly they don't quite know where we are on the map but you can help the process along by voting for an upgraded exchange on their website. If we gather enough votes, we might just get what we need one day and make the island just a little more attractive for business than it is at present!
As a brief reminder that progress can be slow for some of us, this is what I wrote in The Observer newspaper, ten years ago this month:
"In many respects this threat mirrors the socio-economic gaps in PC ownership today and raises the unacceptable prospect of second-class access to the information super-highway. In Britain, where a quarter of homes are believed to have access to the internet, one can sit comfortably inside the well-connected embrace of the M25 and imagine the benefits of the new dot-communism reaching equally in all directions. But look less than a hundred miles into the South East, as far as Margate perhaps, and the gap between new- and old-economy imagination and aspiration starts to resemble a chasm."
"The new 'knowledge economy' will be a harsh environment for the common man. While a universal grasp of and access to ICT will emancipate more people in the device space of the web, one must question whether UK Online can deliver a central part of its vision in time. Can it swiftly produce the army of skilled and educated experts required to run tomorrow's new economy today?"