Broadband in Lancashire hits major milestone

SPEED: Superfast fibre broadband
SPEED: Superfast fibre broadband
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More than half of Lancashire homes and businesses are now able to access high-speed fibre broadband as a new project reaches a major milestone.

The rapid progress of the Superfast Lancashire project means that 52 per cent of the county can now get access to high-speed fibre broadband when BT’s commercial roll-out of fibre broadband is also taken into account.

This takes the total number of premises passed with fibre across the county to date to more than 350,000.

Engineers have also begun planning and building the next phase of the Superfast Lancashire project – providing a further 21,500 homes and businesses with access to superfast broadband by the end of March. Once this phase of the roll out is complete, this will take the total number of premises able to access faster broadband as a direct result of the project to more than 39,000, with tens of thousands of more premises to follow over the coming year under subsequent phases of the roll out.

Communities being connected in this latest phase include; Earby, Kelbrook, Foulridge, Trawden, Wilpshire, Langho and Old Langho, Mellor, Hest Bank, Freckleton and Warton.

County Councillor Sean Serridge, champion for digital inclusion at Lancashire County Council, said: “This is a great achievement and shows we are well on the way to achieving our goal of providing 97 per cent of the county with superfast broadband by the end of next year.

“Superfast broadband is hugely important for the county.

“There can be few areas of modern life which are not touched in some way by broadband connectivity – whether it’s supporting how we work, how we learn, how we communicate.”