Villagers are rejoicing over the success of their MP’s involvement in solving BT’s broadband issues that have frustrated Hockliffe households for the past fortnight.
Ongoing issues with speed since October 7 are now fixed thanks to South West Beds MP Andrew Selous who was made aware of the issue through the LBO and members of the Hockliffe Village Group Facebook page.
Mr Selous said: “I have really been on their case about this because it is very serious that it did not work for two weeks.
“We had small business on the verge of going out of business and children not being able to do their homework because of it.
“It has affected people’s livelihoods because the internet has become as essential as water and electricity for everyone.
“I am really pleased it has been sorted out, it’s what I am here to, I’m privileged enough to be able to do so. It is great for an MP to be able to intervene and make a difference like this.
“I am very grateful for what BT have done in past two days, but I am emailing everyone who has contacted me about the issues to make sure that it is sorted for everyone.
“Now this is over I am going to go back to BT and ask what they have learnt from this because it is just not on to deprive people of their internet for this long.”
Peter Edwards, of Watling Street, told the LBO that BT’s service had deteriorated since October 3, but as of yesterday evening it is back up and running.
He said: “Our broadband has been dramatically improved back to its former state. We have been sharing and celebrating that fact on the village’s Facebook group ever since.
“Hockliffe residents have been very impressed with Mr Selous’ help. He has been widely credited and praised within our Facebook group.
“I would like to congratulate those who set up the group because it has been invaluable in helping resolve this problem.
“We also found out that Tilsworth was badly affected and it was the LBO’s article that caused them to recognise they were not alone in their suffering.”
BT have been contacted for a statement.