More than 1,400 homes and businesses in Spalding can now sign up for high-speed, fibre broadband two months early thanks to the Onlincolnshire project.
They are the first to benefit from the multi-million pound partnership between Lincolnshire County and District councils, BT and the Government, which aims to boost broadband speeds across the county.
The early broadband boost has been achieved by engineers identifying areas where BT’s existing fibre network canbe extended quickly.
More than 12,000 Spalding homes and businesses already have access to the high-speed technology through BT’s own commercial programme. The main areas of Spalding that will benefit from this upgrade are:
Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for IT at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "Better broadband will bring a wealth of opportunities to residents and businesses alike, and I'm delighted we've managed to hit this major milestone in such a short space of time.
"Superfast speeds will mean that businesses will be able to increase their efficiency, create better connections with customers, and break into global markets.
"And improved broadband is not only vital for business growth, but for all residents accessing services, including the growing number of silver surfers, and for young people looking to download learning materials.
"Once you're signed up to a superfast package, you'll be able to stream HD movies, download music or upload high-res photos in seconds, play online games, and keep in touch with friends and family via video calls.
"The possibilities are endless. But this is just the first step. Over the next few years we'll be helping many more people join the online revolution."
The project builds on the existing high speed infrastructure, so that by April 2016 at least 88 per cent of all county properties will have access to fibre broadband.
The council is also aiming for the remainder of premises to have access to a minimum of 2Mbps basic broadband as standard. For the first time ever, standard broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps should be available everywhere in Lincolnshire.
Owen Moody, BT’s regional director for the East Midlands, said: “It is a fantastic achievement that people in Lincolnshire are already seeing the benefits of this programme.
This investment in fibre broadband will boost the local economy and help to create or protect local jobs both in communities like Spalding and across the whole of Lincolnshire.
It will be of enormous benefit to local businesses which can use the faster speeds to improve their competitiveness both within the UK and abroad.”
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Lincolnshire’s broadband project is now delivering real results. For the first time 1,400 homes and businesses in Spalding can access superfast broadband and the many benefits it can bring for work, entertainment and doing business.
“Investing in superfast broadband will deliver real economic benefits. An expert report revealed that for every £1 we are investing in broadband, the UK economy will benefit by £20.”
To enjoy better speeds, people in these upgraded areas should contact their local broadband provider to check for availability.
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