Superfast fibre spreads its net

Champion: Sean Serridge
Champion: Sean Serridge
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High-speed fibre broadband will arrive in another 10 Lancashire communities for the first time within the next two months.

Lancashire County Council and BT have jointly announced the latest parts of the county to benefit will be Preston, Hoghton, Brinscall, Fylde, Weeton, Rufford, Turton, Padiham, Burnley and Appley Bridge, whilst a further two communities where work started earlier – Coppull and Whalley – are mostly completed already.

Between now and the end of September, Superfast Lancashire’s £130m programme is expected to make the high-speed technology available to nearly 40,000 more homes and businesses.

The total figure across the county delivered by the programme currently stands at more than 64,000 premises, so this next phase is expected to take the total past the 100,000 mark. The news comes as the Government announced more than 1m UK homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband as a result of the Broadband Delivery UK rollout. Up to 40,000 premises are now gaining access every week and the programme will extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.

Openreach – BT’s local network business – will be laying the fibre optic cables and putting in new roadside cabinets in the coming weeks so that people and businesses can benefit from the technology.

Coun Sean Serridge, LCC’s champion for digital inclusion, 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 high-speed broadband by the end of next year. Faster fibre broadband is hugely important for the county both economically and socially. There can be few areas of modern life which are not touched in some way by broadband connectivity.”