The government-funded roll-out superfast broadband will soon reach the Forest of Dean, with those living and working in the area expected to gain high-speed internet access by summer 2015.
Forest of Dean to gain superfast broadband by summer 2015

Last year, a partnership between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire councils and BT outlined plans to improve the broadband in these counties. Since then, over 15,000 business and homes have been upgraded.

However, some have expressed annoyance over delays during the rollout. However, the news that some areas in Westbury-on-Seven could see top speeds of speeds of up to 330mb could help assuage frustrations somewhat.

Mark Hawthorne, county council leader, explained the engineering work in Westbury has started on time, with experts already on site. Mr Hawthorne had additional good news, saying:

"We soon realised that rather than offering the minimum speeds, the exchange here had the potential to offer the highest speeds of up to 330mbps in some areas. So, while this will take a bit longer, the end result will be much better for local businesses and residents when completed next summer."

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Originally, it had been hoped that the Westbury exchange would've been able to roll out low speeds by Christmas. However, blocked ducts in the area meant work is still ongoing.

The Federation of Small Businesses' Gloucestershire and West of England branch chairman, Mark Owen, said it was a shame work couldn't have been done quicker, but it was worth waiting for the improved speeds to maximise opportunities in the area.

Source: Gloucester Citizen

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