BUSINESSES and homes across the Dearne Valley are to benefit from faster internet connections as part of a scheme which could create jobs and boost the economy.
A further 47,000 properties in Mexborough, Conisbrough, Wath-upon-Dearne, Rawmarsh, Parkgate, Thrybergh and Tickhill are to be included in BT’s £2.5 billion commercial roll-out of fibre broadband.
The upgrade will be completed by the end of spring 2014 and will take the total number of premises with access to fibre broadband in South Yorkshire to more than 460,000.
Daniel Fell, deputy chief executive officer of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, said: “Businesses thrive on good connectivity.
“Doncaster has a great position on the UK’s transport infrastructure and local businesses jump on that opportunity to reach new markets, promote their goods and services and create wealth for the town.
“Hidden infrastructure works no differently. If businesses have improved connectivity they will use it to communicate with customers faster, better and to deliver results for the local economy.
“The chamber therefore welcomes any investment that helps boost the town’s competitiveness and that works for business.”
Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, added: “This latest investment is a further vote of confidence in the future success of South Yorkshire. It will be an important part of our economic revival as we finally shrug off the effects of the downturn and create a better, more prosperous future.
“Fast, sophisticated communications are the cornerstone of a successful community, helping local people to build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs. This exciting technology will transform on-line education, training and leisure for households and enhance the competitiveness of local firms. “