Lincolnshire on fast track for high speed broadband

Superfast speeds are just around the corner says Lincolnshire County Council with a multi-million pound broadband project due to start imminently.

Businesses and communities across Lincolnshire are set to benefit from fast, affordable fibre broadband.

The county authority has signed a contract with BT to build on the existing telecoms infrastructure in the county so that at least 88 per cent of all properties should have access to superfast broadband by April 2016, with the council aiming for everyone else to have access to at least of 2Mb/s broadband.

For the first time ever, broadband should be available everywhere in Lincolnshire.

The deal is the largest of its kind in the East Midlands and sixth largest nationally.

County councillor Kelly Smith, executive member for finance and HR, said: “The internet is transforming our lives – at home, at work and at school. And thanks to this investment by local councils, BT and national government, everyone will be able to reap the benefits offered by digital technology.

“This project is going to dramatically improve broadband speeds across the county, bringing a wealth of opportunities for residents and businesses alike.

“This is the start of an exciting new era for our county.”

Bill Murphy, managing director, Next Generation Access, BT, added: “This is great news for Lincolnshire.

“We’re already seeing the positive impact faster, fibre broadband is having on businesses and residents in the county and now, thanks to this partnership, the benefits will be felt much wider, helping boost the local economy.”

Initial information on what’s planned can now be found online at www.onlincolnshire.org , although please be aware these details may change. Alternatively, residents can contact the council’s customer service centre on 01522 782066.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “It’s fantastic that for the first time, broadband will be available everywhere in Lincolnshire as the result of one of our largest superfast broadband projects in the country. The UK already does more business online than any other European country, and widespread access to superfast broadband will provide a tremendous boost to Lincolnshire’s local economy.”

The roll-out will begin with a period of planning and detailed surveying, before work on the ground starts