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Cheshire superfast broadband rollout marches on

Tuesday, February 9th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The superfast rollout in Cheshire has taken fibre-based broadband to an additional 7,500 homes and businesses in Halton.

The efforts of Connecting Cheshire, in addition to commercial rollouts in the area, have taken fibre coverage in Halton to 96%.

Connecting Cheshire is a partnership between BT and four borough councils – Halton, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington.

43 new fibre street cabinets have been installed throughout Halton, giving thousands of residents and workers access to broadband speeds up to 80Mbps.

There has been investment in towns including Runcorn and Widnes and rural areas such as Hale and Moore.

Halton Council leader Councillor Rob Polhill, said: “The additional broadband coverage we have brought to Halton is already making a big impact and helping to keep our businesses competitive, including Astmoor Industrial Estate.

“More coverage is coming soon in our phase two rollout so that we can reach even more premises, especially those in our industrial areas.

"I urge everyone to check their availability and upgrade to superfast broadband as it offers many fantastic benefits for your home or business, and it could well be cheaper as the market is very competitive.”

Cable.co.uk reported in October last year that an extra 10,000 premises in Halton, Cheshire and Warrington would benefit from phase two of the Connecting Cheshire rollout.

Rural areas including Arley, Burleydam, Gawsworth, Huxley and Wincle were also set to get fibre broadband for the first time.

'Opportunities'

The second phase of the project will see a total of £6m invested by the participating councils, the government and BT.

Tony Morgan, BT’s contract director, said: “High speed fibre broadband helps to keep communities connected and ensures that businesses thrive and don’t just survive.

“Since 2007 BT has laid the foundations of the network for local authorities like Halton to build on. People and businesses in Halton are increasingly taking the opportunities that this transforming technology offers.

“And the Openreach engineers have worked closely with Halton to create more and more of those opportunities.”

Across the Connecting Cheshire area, more than 450 cabinets have ‘gone live’, providing fibre access to around 400,000 premises.

Pictured: Cllr Rob Polhill, leader of Halton Borough Council, and Aron Briggs, BT programme manager for Cheshire, cutting the ribbon on the latest superfast broadband cabinet in Halton

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