Connecting Cheshire gets off to a Superfast start

Mon 17th June 2013 1.52PM

Connecting Cheshire gets off to a Superfast start
THE £28.5m project to bring superfast broadband to Cheshire was officially launched on the start line at the Oulton Park race circuit at Tarporley. By 2016 over 96 per cent of Cheshire premises will be able to access high-speed fibre broadband making the county one of the best connected regions in the UK.

Over 100 community Digital Champions attended the event at Oulton Park to hear how the new fibre network will be rolled out to rural premises and build on the networks already available in urban areas. The Connecting Cheshire Partnership of the four Cheshire councils and BT has secured European, local and central government funding to provide additional rural broadband infrastructure to over 80,000 premises that will build on BT’s on-going commercial investment in fibre across the county.

As a result more than 400,000 premises (around 96 per cent) across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington, should have access to broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps[i] by the end of 2016. Those premises in the remaining four per cent that currently experience low speeds will also see an improvement. BT was awarded the contract following a procurement exercise through the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK framework.

Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones said “Faster broadband speeds will make a huge difference to everyone, so please bear with us as we start work with BT to undertake the complex planning and surveying of Cheshire in order that we can deploy the network efficiently and speedily from early next year.” Connecting Cheshire expects to be able to announce which communities will be included in the first stage of the roll-out during December 2013.

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