People living and working in Lincolnshire are set to benefit from a £48million project to bring high speed internet to the area. The joint project between Lincolnshire County Council and BT is one of the biggest in the country.
It will improve the infrastructure so that 90 per cent of all homes and businesses will be able to access superfast broadband by April 2016.
The internet is transforming our lives – at home, at work and at school. This project is going to dramatically improve broadband speeds across the county, bringing a wealth of opportunities for residents and businesses alike.
Leeds and Bradford are to become the UK’s first super-connected cities outside of London
It is due to new mobile connectivity technology from Virgin Media Business.
In the first phase of the cities’ plans to provide people with better connectivity ‘small cell’ technology – shoebox-sizeddevices that transform the mobile experience by boosting capacity - will go live from January 2013.
1.2 million people will have access to free public Wi-Fi that’s three times the speed of 3G services, but this technology signals the beginning of a hyper-connected, digital future for citizens and local businesses.
This week the Government’s plan to roll out superfast broadband services to rural areas has received European Union approval.
Graham Stuart MP, who represents Beverley and Holderness, has urged MPs to get behind rural areas who might not benefit from the scheme.
“Most areas will get broadband without any government support.
“In rural areas this won’t happen as there aren’t enough potential customers to provide a commercial return for providers – that’s why government support is necessary. Because of rules on “state aid” the Government has had to get permission from the EU and prove that investing in rural broadband will not distort the market or provide unfair competition to others.
“Now that Brussels has said yes we can crack on in the East Riding and make sure that our rural areas start to receive a decent service.”
Cromarty Road in Stamford has been named as having the slowest broadband speed of any street in the UK. Researchers say it has a download speed of just 0.132Mbps which is 50 times slower than the fastest connection found in Willowfield, Telford.
The independent price comparison website uSwitch.com carried out the study. They say it would take residents on Cromarty Road more than 25 hours to download a two hour film that in Telford could be downloaded in just 2 minutes.
Researchers have also found that two other streets in Lincolnshire feature in the top ten slowest streets for broadband. They are Burghley Road in Lincoln (0.259Mbps speed) and Woodlands Drive in Colsterworth (0.346Mbps speed).
The massive discrepancy between the fastest and slowest speeds in Britain shows what the Government is up against in its fight to drag Britain into the broadband fast-lane. Rural parts of Britain in particular are experiencing broadband speeds so slow that they might as well have no broadband at all.
A North Yorkshire MP has likened today's deal to roll out high-speed broadband to most of the county to "the coming of the railways". North Yorkshire County Council has selected BT to roll-out high speed broadband across the county in a £50 million investment.
Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, who led the campaign to win pilot status and Government investment, has been speaking to Calendar's Political Correspondent Ben Erlam about the announcement.