If you live in Lancashire and have been watching other areas of the county and country getting better broadband any further wait will be annoying, but at least the Lancashire County Council project is starting to ramp up and has announced that Caton, Chatburn and Galgate will be the first to benefit from broadband improvements.
The first live customers in the 2,500 homes and businesses that form these three communities are part of this first phase are expected to have the service by September 2013, and even though the initial phase will not address every premise in those communities the plan is to revisit and carry out some in-fill work at later stages, or at least that is what BT is saying at this time. The first phase in total will extend to some 13,000 premises.
"This ambitious Project will boost the productivity of local businesses and help to attract a more diverse range of high-growth companies to the area. It will play a major role in creating prosperity in the county.
We have been working hard to get us to where we are today. This is an exciting time for Lancashire and the beginning of a journey that will see the communications landscape completely transformed."Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West
The scale of the project is such that there are likely to be some 700 fibre cabinets installed and around 2,700 km of fibre, with current estimates running at one million man hours for the planning and building of the network.