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Staffordshire fibre broadband rollout is two-thirds complete

Friday, October 2nd 2015 by Ellen Branagh

The rollout of superfast broadband in Staffordshire is two-thirds of the way to its target, organisers have announced.

More than 60,000 homes and businesses across the county can now access fibre broadband as part of the Superfast Staffordshire programme.

The project, part of the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, is a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and BT and is building on BT’s commercial rollout of fibre broadband to take superfast coverage in the county to 97% of premises by spring 2016.

The latest areas to benefit from the multi-million pound project include Alrewas and Dapple Heath in the Lichfield area, Glascote in Tamworth, Hednesford in Cannock Chase, Wheaton Aston in South Staffordshire, Barlaston in Stafford, Wetley Rocks in Staffordshire Moorlands and Madeley in Newcastle.

Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader, Mark Winnington, said: “We are continuing at pace with our Superfast Staffordshire programme rollout and are now two-thirds of the way towards our target of about 90,000 properties.

“The 60,000 mark is another significant milestone as another wave of communities is now able to connect.

“We know this is making a real difference to thousands of people in Staffordshire – improving opportunities for learning, leisure, employment and access to services.”

'Major achievement'

Earlier this year, Mr Winnington said good broadband infrastructure in the county was “as important as road or rail.”

As the project’s latest milestone was announced, he said the rollout gives businesses the ability to operate from most places in the county, helping to boost the local economy.

He added: “Superfast Staffordshire is another demonstration of the public sector working with business for effective delivery and is connecting communities in both rural and urban areas.”

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of next generation access, said: “Fibre broadband is providing a major boost for households and businesses across Staffordshire and the UK as a whole.”

But he said while the milestone is a “major achievement”, there is still “much more to do”.

“BT is committed to rolling out faster broadband as widely and quickly as possible.

“Working with the government, local authorities and local communities, we are determined to find solutions for even the most challenging areas.”

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