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Lincolnshire broadband rollout hits 90% target and promises 'more to come'

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 by Ellen Branagh

More than 90% of homes and businesses in Lincolnshire now have access to fibre-based broadband.

The onlincolnshire partnership, which is led by Lincolnshire councils and BT, has given 150,775 homes and businesses access to faster broadband in the past three years – roughly equal to more than 4,000 premises each month.

The multi-million pound project has provided fibre technology to areas that wouldn't otherwise have had coverage – and combined with commercial rollouts by BT and Virgin, has helped take superfast coverage in the county to 90%.

onlincolnshire bosses said the project's first phase been completed on-time and within budget, hailing it as “one of the most successful” projects Lincolnshire has seen.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for IT at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "The initial phase of improvements has gone very smoothly, and made a big difference to broadband speeds across the county.

"We're now seeing a real increase in the number of people signing up for superfast broadband, and enjoying everything that it has to offer.”

He urged potential customers to check the project’s website to find out if they are in a superfast area, then contact their provider to upgrade their package.

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access, said: “We’re delighted with the progress made in Lincolnshire.

“Working closely with the county council, we’ve made fibre broadband available to some of the most rural areas.

'Go as far as possible'

“The advantages are very clear with speeds up to 80Mbps widely available.

“But there’s more to come with thousands more homes and businesses set to benefit from a second phase of works which is now underway.”

onlincolnshire is now planning a second phase for the project, which will extend superfast coverage to 95% by the end of 2017.

Cllr Davies said: "We're now looking at how we reach those really hard-to-reach places that are left.

“We have a further £8.8m invested in the project and we’re looking to make that go as far as possible. BT will be starting work in the near future.”

"Hopefully, in time, we'll be able to bring superfast broadband to everyone in the county."

Image courtesy of Richard Croft

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