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Fibre broadband arrives in North Lincolnshire village

Tuesday, June 14th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The village of Appleby is the latest place to benefit from the rollout of superfast broadband in North Lincolnshire.

More than 200 homes and businesses were given access to fibre services for the first time last week – and 30 villagers have already signed up.

Appleby is the first village to benefit from the second phase of the Northern Lincs Broadband (NLBB) project, a partnership between BT and North Lincolnshire Council.

The project’s first phase hit its target of bringing fibre within reach of 92.5% of North Lincolnshire premises in June last year.

Its second phase, which aims to connect a further 3,400 homes and businesses, will connect premises in Bonby, Whitton, Roxby, Eastoft, Garthorpe and Fockerby, Westwoodside, Epworth, Kirton in Lindsey and North Killingholme.

Andrew Percy, the MP for Brigg and Goole, joined local councillors and members of the NLBB project to visit the first fibre cabinet installed in Appleby.

He said: “This latest rollout is very positive and will be welcomed by local residents.

“As a government, we have made the rollout of broadband a priority across Northern Lincolnshire. Progress so far has been good and we look forward to this next phase of the rollout continuing.

“We will continue to work with BT to ensure more residents can access superfast broadband.”

Councillor Rob Waltham, deputy leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Working with BT, we have already made the technology available to more than 31,000 premises in Northern Lincolnshire, including more than 4,000 businesses. And phase two is on track and progressing well.

“We fully expect to reach 99% of premises in Northern Lincolnshire by 2018, taking us beyond the government’s national target of 95%.

'Grow and prosper'

“We are committed to ensuring that as many businesses as possible receive the broadband speed they need and deserve to help their business grow and prosper, which in turn creates jobs and a prosperous economy.

“It also means a great deal to residents as it enables them to do things online much faster, ultimately saving time and money.”

Derek Richardson, programme director for Openreach, BT’s local network business, said: “Getting this network in the ground has been a fantastic achievement.

“However, the real test of its success will be the amount of local people, and businesses, taking advantage of it. So it is encouraging to see so many people in Appleby signing up to a service in such a short space of time.”

He added that in order to take advantage of the arrival of fibre broadband, residents need to contact an internet service provider to upgrade their connection.

Pictured are Openreach programme director Derek Richardson and Andrew Percy MP.

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