Better broadband for the Isle of Axholme

BUSINESSES and residents across the Isle are set to enjoy better broadband after an almost £3m investment which will bring super fast 25mb speeds.

The South Humber Gateway project has seen almost £3m secured for North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire and it is hoped this will deliver up to £12m in improved broadband - by summer 2014.

Everyone will benefit, with 90 per cent of those on super fast 25Mb bandwidth.

The plans are part of a national £530m initiative and a board will be set up early next year, to take the project forward, with work expected to start in the summer of 2013.

Councillor Liz Redfern is leader of North Lincolnshire Council and a ward member for the Axholme Central ward. She described the investment as a “major step forward”.

“During the local elections, we made a strong commitment to improve rural broadband and we stand by that commitment,” she added.

“I am excited at the prospect that many rural areas are about to benefit from faster broadband speeds.

“It is long over due. Rural areas have been the poor relation when it comes to broadband, but this is set to change.

“With major plans for the South Humber Gateway and the potential to attract more businesses to the area and create thousands of jobs, having faster broadband speeds will be an added bonus to these companies and will help drive forward our regeneration plans.

“We look forward to seeing the project develop.”

Isle MP Andrew Percy also welcomed the news.

He said: “Improving rural broadband is something I committed to when I was elected as our MP. That is why I am delighted that the Government has announced this investment in North Lincolnshire.

“With more and more people working from home or running businesses at home, it is not acceptable for them to be disadvantaged by poor connectivity.

I look forward to working with North Lincolnshire on the roll-out of superfast broadband across most of our area.”