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Fibre rollout gives Cheshire residents 10x faster broadband speeds

Monday, June 8th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The rollout of superfast broadband in Cheshire has reached more than 70,000 homes and businesses.

The Connecting Cheshire project – a partnership between four Cheshire councils and BT – is providing premises with access to speeds up to 300Mbps.

When combined with commercial rollouts by BT and other providers, there will be 96% coverage by the end of the year.

A fibre cabinet has been connected in Church Minshull near Crewe, bringing superfast speeds to around 200 homes.

Residents in Malpas, Elton, Farndon, Lymm, Pickmere and Congleton have also recently been given access to the network.

Councillor Michael Jones, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “We are well on our way to connecting 80,000 premises across Cheshire.

“The roll-out of superfast broadband is going to benefit rural communities significantly; it is great to see so many people have taken up faster broadband.”

The councillor, whose Bunbury ward includes Church Minshull, added: “We urge everyone to check their availability and upgrade to superfast broadband as it offers many fantastic benefits for your home or business.”

Mike Blackburn, BT regional director for the North West, said: “Websites that bring customers to Cheshire businesses, entertainment in the home, wi-fi on the move, time-saving financial and admin systems are all better, faster and more efficient with the introduction of high-speed fibre broadband.

'From Chester to Canberra'

“Openreach engineers working closely with Cheshire councils have made a future with more connected communities a reality.”

Terry Golding, an experienced professional voiceover artist for TV, radio and online, recently upgraded to superfast broadband at his home studio in Malpas thanks to Connecting Cheshire.

He said he was delighted with the difference it has made to his business.

“My broadband speed is now ten times faster, and the ability for me to finally utilise specialist broadcast IP-to-IP software means I am now able to work with many, many new clients in real time around the globe, from Chester to Canberra,” he said.

Last month, Cable.co.uk reported that all future new-build homes in Cheshire must have access to high-speed broadband.

New EU rules on superfast broadband access will apply to new premises in January 2017, but Cheshire East Council was aiming to make it a requirement for planning consent by the end of this year.

Pictured, left to right, are Church Minshull village hall trustee Margaret Denton, Steve Travers of BT, Alan Graham from Connecting Cheshire, Church Minshull village hall treasurer Sue Challoner and (front) Larry Bannon, vice chair of Church Minshull Parish Council.

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