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Worcestershire announces first areas to benefit from broadband project
Monday 27 January 2014 14:44:45 by Andrew Ferguson

Another day, another county and the first parts of Worcestershire to benefit from investment in superfast broadband beyond the purely commercial roll-out have been announced. Ashton-under-Hill, Badsey, Broadway, Cropthorne, Hallow and Harvington are to be the first places to benefit.

"For local businesses, the fibre network will help underpin the introduction of many new services and applications and will increase their opportunities for economic growth, a vital component to keep the county open for business.

We believe Superfast Worcestershire is the only programme of its kind in the UK to put an emphasis on reaching at least 90 per cent of the county's business premises – recognising the County Council's Open for Business strategic priority.

Local people will be able to use the new website to get updates on where high-speed broadband is available so they can upgrade to the faster network with their internet providers."

Councillor Simon, Geraghty, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure

The contract for the project was signed back in August 2013 and will apparently feature some 700 kilometres of fibre optic cable being laid. The project also appears to have an explicit aim to get superfast broadband to 90% of businesses in addition to 90% of homes, whereas other areas just talk of a collective 90% of premises.

For those wanting to track the projects progress there is the fairly standard template website at www.superfastworcestershore.com.

Comments

Posted by zyborg47 over 3 years ago
BT again got the contract of cause, why bother even pretending that they are looking at any other companies, do they really think we are thick?
Posted by Liz_Holpin over 3 years ago
Incredibly frustrating to see that Naunton Beauchamp which was one of the top three villages in terms of % respondents to the Broadband Survey are not in this rollout. We will be using our less than 2Mb connections to make our feelings known!
Posted by ccxo over 3 years ago
@Liz_Holpin This is only the first phase of the rollout and on Worcestershire plan map your area is in for planning so it will be a later phase.

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