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Super broadband news for five Wiltshire villages
6:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
Five villages in Wiltshire were today named as the latest to benefit from a multi-million pound superfast broadband partnership between Wiltshire Council, South Gloucestershire Council and BT.
The £35.6m project is rolling out fibre broadband to more challenging areas that fall outside the private sector’s commercial plans and the latest villages to benefit from next year are Kington Langley, Castle Combe, Broad Town, Broad Hinton, and Whiteparish.
Wiltshire Council has invested £15.5m into the project, South Gloucestershire £2m, and BT £12.8m.
It has also benefitted from £4.6m from the UK Government’s Superfast Britain programme and £0.74m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
This latest investment will make fibre broadband available for the first time in Kington Langley, Castle Combe, Broad Town, Broad Hinton and Whiteparish, while it will also expand the coverage in Salisbury, most of which already has access to the technology through BT’s commercial roll-out.
The first homes and businesses in these locations will be able to order fibre broadband by summer 2014.
The six latest locations join Royal Wootton Bassett, Purton, Alderbury and Downton which were announced earlier this year.
The partnership aims to make fibre broadband available to more than 10,000 Wiltshire homes and businesses by June 2014 and for 91 per cent of premises in the county to have access to superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above by the end of March 2016.
Wiltshire Council cabinet member for broadband, John Thomson, said: "This project will have a hugely positive impact on those rural communities but also provide a big boost to local businesses and allow them to operate as effectively as possible.
"I am looking forward to announcing more Wiltshire communities who will benefit from this project in the near future”.
The project aims to lay nearly 1,500 kilometres of fibre cabling and install more than 300 new street cabinets, and more information can be found at www.wiltshireonline.org .
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