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Take-up of fibre broadband in Staffordshire doubles in 12 months

Tuesday, June 28th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The number of Staffordshire residents signing up to fibre broadband packages has doubled in the past 12 months.

More than 24% of those able to access superfast speeds have opted to upgrade their connection – up from 12% this time last year.

In some smaller communities – including Abbots Bromley, Amington, Armitage, Branston, Church Eaton, Flash, Fradley, Hixon, Hopton, Sandyford, Trentham, Tutbury, Wheaton Aston and Yarnfield – the take-up rate stands at more than 50%.

Fibre broadband is also proving popular in Kings Bromley and Yoxall – the first two areas to benefit from the Superfast Staffordshire rollout.

The programme, a partnership between BT and Staffordshire County Council, has taken fibre connections within reach of 88,000 premises.

When combined with BT’s commercial rollout, more than 465,000 Staffordshire homes and businesses can access superfast speeds.

Councillor Mark Winnington, Staffordshire council’s economy leader, said: “The Superfast Staffordshire project has been a huge success and is making a real difference to communities now connected over the last two years.

“It is opening up opportunities for people and business across the county and means they do not get left behind just because of where they live or operate.

“It is hugely encouraging to see take-up doubling in the last year with the number of people continuing to grow. This project is further demonstration that Staffordshire is a connected county.”

'Pleased to help'

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for broadband partnerships, added: “Every day we’re seeing how fibre broadband is changing people’s lives for the better, whether it’s a family wanting to connect several devices to the internet at the same time, for leisure or educational purposes, or people wanting to work from home.

“Superfast Staffordshire is a major engineering programme which is progressing well. Our project teams are working hard to ensure as many communities have access to the technology, as quickly as possible.”

Last week, Cable.co.uk reported how a Burton-on-Trent business had helped make fibre broadband available to 400 premises in the town.

Waste management firm Wilshee’s offered to house Burton’s newest fibre street cabinet as engineers were unable to find any suitable council land.

The company’s managing director Dean Wilshee said: “When the situation was explained to us, we were pleased to help. The arrival of faster fibre broadband is great news for the area.”

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