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.