BT and South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) have announced that Bradley Stoke is to be the first South Gloucestershire town to benefit from their joint state-aided superfast broadband investment project.
The upgrade will mostly benefit premises served by the Almondsbury telephone exchange (01454 numbers) that are outside the coverage area of the Virgin Media cable network.
Customers should be able to order the new superfast fibre broadband service from summer 2014.
A new online tool to help people learn where and when superfast broadband can be expected to arrive in Peterborough and beyond is now available. New ‘my area’ pages have gone live on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk with an A-Z list of 267 areas across the county. The ‘my area’ pages are designed to help people to see broad timescales for how their area or parish fits in to multiple phases of the broadband roll-out plan.
Councillor John Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Resources Sub-Committee, said:
“We recognise that high speed internet connections are vital for South Gloucestershire’s economic future, and for promoting business growth and encouraging inward investment, which is why we are delighted to announce that Bradley Stoke is our first town to benefit from the roll out of superfast broadband under this partnership. Today’s announcement marks a major achievement for this large and complex project.”
“Bradley Stoke is our largest area to date to benefit from the roll out of superfast broadband, with the first homes and businesses able to order the latest technology by next summer.”
Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation networks for BT Group, said:
“This is another important milestone for a partnership which is making rapid progress. Working with our partners, we are able to bring this exciting technology to locations where the economics and engineering challenges are that much greater.”
“High-speed fibre is increasingly important if local households and businesses are to make the most of the huge range of opportunities offered by the internet, whether they are seeking to start a new business, find new customers, undertake on-line training or simply wishing to browse for entertainment or leisure purposes.”
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