High-speed internet ready ahead of time

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More than 1,400 homes and businesses in Spalding will be able to sign up to superfast broadband two months earlier than planned thanks to the success of a multi-million pound project.

The onlincolnshire project is a partnership between Lincolnshire County Council, district councils , BT and the Government to boost broadband speeds across the county.

The early broadband boost has been achieved by engineers identifying areas where BT’s existing fibre network can be extended quickly.

More than 12,000 Spalding homes already have access to the high-speed technology through BT’s own commerical programme.

Coun 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 that 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.

“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.

“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 further details on the project visit www.onlincolnshire.org.