Peterborough makes progress on fibre optic broadband

Superfast internet is being rolled-out in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in a fibre optic broadband deal with BT.

Internet speeds in Peterborough are set to receive a substantial boost, as the nationwide upgrade to fibre optic broadband reaches Cambridgeshire and its surrounding area.

Cambridgeshire County Council has appointed BT to install the superfast technology at exchanges across the region, making speeds of up to 24Mb available to 90% of homes and businesses within the next three years.

The remaining 6% have been promised improved connection speeds of at least 2Mb.

Council leader Nick Clarke said: "We took a bold approach to get the best broadband deal for the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

"Choosing BT as our investment partner means we will be able to achieve our ambitious targets for rolling out better broadband for all by 2015."

"We are making a significant investment at a time when public finances are under pressure, but this is the right thing to do for the people and businesses of Cambridgeshire.

"Better broadband connections will also ensure that our rural communities are not left out of the digital world, so that people can get access to all the education, health and public services they need without having to travel."

The contract is due to be signed next month, with Cambridgeshire County Council committing up to £20million, on top of £3million from Peterborough City Council and £6.75million of government funding from Broadband Delivery UK.

Over 24,000 households and businesses pledged support to a high-profile campaign to bring better broadband to Cambridgeshire. The fibre optic upgrade will happen in phases, but is expected to have finished by the end of 2015.

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