The project has now brought access to better broadband to 74,000 county homes and businesses, with many able to enjoy superfast speeds.
The visit coincided with news that the national rollout had hit the major milestone of two million premises reached.
Whilst in the city, the minister was also given a tour of the technology hub OnLincolnshire created at the University of Lincoln, which offers businesses access to the latest cutting-edge equipment.
Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “This county is doing extremely well in terms of the amount of superfast broadband that has been connected. What we’re seeing is rural Britain really benefit from increased connectivity. We are seeing the gap closing with urban areas in terms of connectivity and earnings and that is because it is now easier to setup businesses with connections, not just to the rest of the UK, but also to a world market so we’re seeing increased exports and we are seeing a higher rate of businesses starting up in rural areas than in urban areas outside of London.
“It’s fantastic to be here at this centre in the university today, I’ve been very impressed by what I’ve seen in the Lincoln University so far. I’m delighted to hear that you have re-established an engineering department, I think the connection between engineering and business is so vital and that’s what helps propel our country’s future.”
Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “We’re seeing a real increase in the number of people signing up for superfast broadband, and with the improvements being rolled out, even more will be able to benefit.
“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. The possibilities are endless.
“So check our website to find out whether you’re in a superfast area, and contact your internet service provider to upgrade your package.”
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