New website to shed light on rural broadband roll out

171-superfastRural communities can now check when they will receive fibre broadband via a new website has been launched.

The website has a range of information on the Superfast Leicestershire programme which aims to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 96% of homes and businesses in Leicestershire by the end of March 2016.

The website includes information on:

• Benefits of fibre broadband for businesses and households

• The timetable for increasing the coverage

• Plans to increase coverage even further

Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for rural broadband, said:

“Our new website is the first step keeping residents informed on how we are providing superfast broadband across Leicestershire. Visitors to the site will be able to find out about superfast broadband, how their area could benefit and when they can expect to receive this service.

“Leicestershire has a thriving rural economy consisting of a large number of small and micro businesses in creative, knowledge-based sectors which would see a huge benefit from superfast broadband.

“Providing firms with access to superfast broadband will make them more competitive and attract inward investment and jobs to help unlock rural Leicestershire’s economic potential.”

Owen Moody, BT’s East Midlands regional director, said:

“Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across Leicestershire, whether they are running a business, working or studying from home, doing the weekly shop online, downloading films and TV programmes or keeping in touch with friends and family around the world. It can all be done better using faster broadband.”

The launch of the new website coincides with the announcement of additional funding for the project from Leicestershire’s district councils. An extra 4,400 homes and businesses will now benefit from £1.1m of funding pledged by the district councils.

The new website can found accessed at: www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk

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