Better broadband benefit for villages

Plans to provide better broadband to community venues across West Lindsey have been revealed by the district council.

The initiative means villages previously in broadband ‘not-spots’ or slow-spots’ will be able to enjoy high-speed internet of the same speed and quality as urban areas.

“We have listened to our communities and they are telling us poor internet connection is a big issue,” said Coun Burt Keimach, Leader of West Lindsey District Council.

“Our priority is to support communities to help themselves and we feel this project is a great enabler to do this.“

In the first phase of the scheme, the authority has appointed Quickline to install wireless broadband into more than 30 village halls.

Although the council currently provides broadband to some village halls, they say this new contract will not only increase connection speeds to those sites but extend the number receiving broadband and is 20 per cent cheaper than current costs.

“Improving access to high speed broadband will help support community activity, encourage people to pay their bills on-line and improve communication through emails and social media,” added Mr Keimach.

The Quickline project is in addition to the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) Project and focuses on the more rural communities.

The provider will start connecting village halls from April this year.

“Village halls are a hub of activity for rural communities,” said Steve Jagger, Managing Director of Quickline.

“It is fantastic that West Lindsey District Council has invested funds to improve communications.”

“We are delighted to have won the tender and we are looking forward to working with the council to raise awareness of the availability of wireless services in the district and surrounding area.

“Rural communities need not wait until 2015.

“Our service is available right now with access to internet speeds of up to 20Mbs, which is 40x faster than some were previously used to.”

Work is also currently being undertaken to explore other initiatives to further compliment high speed broadband in the rural communities.

Companies and communities that are interested in finding out more about this can contact Steve Bolan on 01427 76551.

And for more information on Quickline’s services call 01482 247365 or visit www.quickline.co.uk.