Isle to benefit from £5.7 million broadband investment

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High-speed fibre broadband is on its way to the Isle, after North Lincolnshire Council joined forces with BT in a £5.7 million deal to roll it out.

BT is contributing £1.51 million towards fibre deployment in “non-commercial” areas. A further £2.64 million is Government funding, with the remaining £1.557 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund.

The investment in fibre broadband aims to boost the local economy and create or protect local jobs. It is seen to be of particular benefit to local businesses that can use the faster speeds to improve their competitiveness both in the UK and abroad.

BT’s network will be open to all communications providers on an equal wholesale basis, so consumers and businesses will be within a highly competitive market. A North Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: “This is an important step in the campaign to bring faster broadband speeds to every home, business and school in North Lincolnshire. With BT we will be announcing the installation schedule in coming months and communities across the county can look forward to improved access to online services and better connectivity for businesses from 2014 onwards.”

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director for Next Generation Access, added: “Superfast broadband will open the doors to countless business opportunities, boosting the rural economy and supporting thriving local communities. This is a large rural area which makes deploying broadband a substantial challenge but a vital one.”

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