Faster broadband speeds are now available to more than 400 homes and businesses across Hallaton and Medbourne.
Villagers in both rural communities can now sign up to high-speed fibre broadband for the first time thanks to the Superfast Leicestershire partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT.
Villagers recently attended a community meeting at Medbourne Village Hall to find out more about what fibre broadband can do for them and the benefits that faster speeds can offer.
Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for rural broadband said, “I am proud to announce that both villages will soon see high-speed fibre broadband in their area.
“We know residents have been keen to see the technology and its benefits introduced and of course this is another positive step towards our vision of bringing high speed fibre broadband to all Leicestershire homes and businesses.”
David Tuffs, information resources advisor to Medbourne Parish Council said, “Medbourne Parish Council is very pleased that the Superfast Leicestershire broadband programme has reached our village. The village has a number of businesses and home workers for whom fast broadband is now a necessity. It’s no longer acceptable for rural communities like ours to be in the slow lane where technological development is concerned. We commend Openreach for achieving this installation with minimal disruption to the village.”
Paul Bimson, BT’s regional partnership director for the East Midlands, said: “I am sure residents in Hallaton and Medbourne will be delighted with the arrival of fibre broadband. Residents can now choose a fibre broadband package by simply contacting their broadband provider. Villagers will now not only have faster speeds, but also access to the best broadband deals on the market.”
The arrival of fibre broadband into the two villages comes just a short time after Superfast Leicestershire announced that it had made faster speeds available to more than 37,000 homes and businesses across the county.
The programme has now installed 195 new fibre broadband cabinets and laid more than 334,000 metres of underground cables.
By the end of 2018, it’s expected that more than 360,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire will have access to fibre broadband thanks to the original £18.8 million Superfast Leicestershire contract (62,000), a £9.2 million contract extension signed in March (10,000) and BT’s own commercial roll-out of the technology (290,000). This includes £5m investment from Leicestershire County Council and £530,000 from Harborough District Council.
Benefits of fibre broadband include faster download and upload speeds; the ability to access the internet via multiple devices without experiencing a slow connection, faster downloads of films and music, a better online gaming experience, improved file sharing for businesses, solutions based on Cloud computing and being able to work more flexibly.
And because the upgrade is being carried out by Openreach, BT’s local network business, residents in both villages are able to sign up to fibre broadband packages from a wide range of internet service providers.
People living and working in Hallaton and Medbourne are now encouraged to contact their internet service provider and sign up to the new fibre broadband service.
For more information about Superfast Leicestershire visit www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk or look out for #SuperfastLeics on Twitter.