Faster broadband customers double in Lincolnshire

More than 34 per cent of homes and businesses eligible for higher speed broadband have already signed up for it, compared to 17 per cent in mid-2015.  Photo supplied.
More than 34 per cent of homes and businesses eligible for higher speed broadband have already signed up for it, compared to 17 per cent in mid-2015. Photo supplied.

High-speed broadband spreads.

Figures from BT, which is working with Lincolnshire County Council to make faster broadband available in rural areas, showed more than 34 per cent of homes and businesses have joined the Onlincolnshire project.

This compares to 17 per cent in mid-2015 and Coun Richard Davies, the county council’s executive member for IT, said: “We are seeing a real increase in the number of people signing up for superfast broadband and with improvements being rolled out, even more will be able to benefit.”

More than 150,000 premises in rural communities across the county now have high-speed fibre broadband and Onlincolnshire is now starting another phase of improvements worth £11.6 million to extend superfast coverage to almost 97 per cent of the county by the end of 2017.

Coun Davies said: “Improved broadband is not only vital for business growth but for all residents accessing services, including young people wanting to download learning materials.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access, said: “We are making great progress across Lincolnshire and our partnership with the county council is working really well.

Improved broadband is not only vital for business growth but for all residents accessing services, including young people wanting to download learning materials

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for IT, Lincolnshire County Council

“Being able to access faster download speeds is more important than ever and fibre broadband really does have the ability to transform the way people and businesses use the internet.

“It is great that we have already reached 150,000 premises, rising to over 315,000 when you include BT’s own commercial rollout.

“But the good news is there’s more to come and the possibilities are endless.”