Roll-out of Superfast Broadband

The first phase of a mutli million pound broadband project is underway in Northumberland. Thousands of homes and businesses across the county are to benefit from faster internet.

Superfast Broadband comes to Northumberland

The roll out has begun of superfast broadband to most of Northumberland.

Alnmouth, Lesbury and Widdrington Station are among the first areas to benefit from the new fibre optic cables.

Eventually, it is hoped that 95 per cent of the entire county will be able to benefit from the new service.

Derek Proud has been in Alnmouth for us today - watch his full report below.

10,000 homes benefit from broadband

Alnmouth, Lesbury and Widdrington Station will be the first places to benefit from new superfast broadband in Northumberland.

The multi million pound iNorthumberland project is three months ahead of schedule.

Lynemouth, Red Row, Seahouses and Shilbottle will follow in the first phase of the project which will see fibre broadband made available to thousands more homes and businesses within the next six months.

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Duchess welcomes broadband

"This is exciting news for everyone who lives and works in Northumberland. I'm sure that superfast broadband will open the doors to countless business and leisure opportunities boosting the more rural areas and supporting our thriving local communities.

"I hope that everyone will take advantage of this technology when it arrives so that as a county we embrace all the benefits it has to offer."

– Duchess of Northumberland

Duchess launches superfast broadband

The Duchess of Northumberland switches on the high speed broadband Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Superfast broadband has arrived in Northumberland. The Northumberland Broadband Project has been launched to give the county's rural communities access to the same internet speeds as urban areas.

Using funding from BT, the European Regional Development Fund, Broadband Delivery UK and Northumberland County Council, the project is bringing superfast broadband to over 90% of Northumberland's homes and businesses.