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Derby College Students Strengthen LightSpeed Derby Campaign

Derby College students have given support to a new project designed to bring the latest broadband technology to the city.

Derby, United Kingdom, January 27, 2011 --( Vocational Business and ICT students from Derby College have pledged their support for a city-wide campaign to attract millions of pounds of investment in the latest superfast broadband technology into Derby.

Business students will be carrying out research about young people’s views and requirements of superfast broadband which will include a questionnaire with fellow students at the College.

And ICT students will be assessing the benefits of the new technology so that their research can be fed back into the campaign.

LightSpeed Derby, supported by funding from East Midlands Development Agency through Derby City Council’s Single Programme, is currently in discussions with major telecommunications providers to bring superfast broadband into the city.

Public support from businesses and residents will be a crucial element in achieving this investment and LightSpeed Derby is running an on-line campaign through its website to demonstrate that there is a real market and desire for superfast broadband in the city and surrounding area.

Helen Lillie, Head (Assistant Principal) of Derby College’s Business and ICT Academy, said: “We are delighted to be given the chance to involve students in a live project.

“The LightSpeed Derby campaign has certainly captured the students’ imaginations. They are extremely excited about the prospect of benefiting from superfast broadband. Our students already benefit from online support as part of their courses through the College’s sophisticated Moodle intranet system and the computer resources at their disposal.

“They obviously also use the internet very much in their home and social lives and superfast broadband will reap many changes in how we all access technology.

“I hope that the research and feedback that the students will give to the LightSpeed Derby campaign will strengthen Derby’s efforts in securing the investment to bring this much needed technology into the city.”

Graham Bennett, Chair of LightSpeed Derby, explained: “The involvement of Derby College students will be extremely beneficial to the campaign.

“It will raise the profile about the capabilities of superfast broadband to a generation of people who already use the internet in their working and social lives and will give us valuable feedback for our discussions with telecommunications providers.

“A key element to this is to demonstrate the public desire and support for superfast broadband so we obviously hope that the work that the Derby College students are doing will help boost the number of people demonstrating their support for this investment.”

Register your support for the LightSpeed Derby campaign at

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