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Broadband campaign needs support, says Johnny

Expat Saint Johnny Clingham has expressed dismay on his blog that few people on St Helena have backed the campaign to secure high-speed broadband for the island. He fears islanders don’t understand what they’re missing.

The entire island – population 4,000 – shares less than half the bandwidth found in many UK housesholds. Johnny has written in the past about Saints risking a month’s wages if they exceeded their limited quota of time online.

‘Most people on the island cannot stay on Facebook for more than 10 minutes a day because they cannot afford the internet,’ says Johnny.

He notes that even Saints in the UK aren’t signing up to support the campaign – though this could be because of difficulties getting the message out.

The story’s been picked up by the BBC News website for Brazil, here.

Visit the Connect St Helena website here.

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