Northamptonshire villages to get superfast broadband boost

Hundreds more homes in rural Northamptonshire will be able to access superfast broadband next year after the government awarded a local fibre project more than £200,000.

Villagers in Dingley, Loddington, Rockingham and Welford in the East Midlands will all benefit to some degree from the extra funding, which follows a successful bid from the county council to Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

Between them, BT and the government, has given £244,700, which will be used to make speeds of 24Mb or more available to more than 500 homes in the area.

A spokesperson for Loddington Parish Council stated: "Superfast broadband will make a big difference to the village of Loddington. Residents are using the internet in their homes on multiple devices for business, homework, leisure etc. We have a surprising number of local enterprises in the village and an increasing number of residents who spend time working from home."

BT and BDUK's £11.4 million contract for the superfast project in Northamptonshire will make fibre connections available to 50,100 premises during the next 12 months. BT Openreach has already installed 149 roadside cabinets and laid 265kms of fibre cable to make superfast broadband a reality for 34,000 homes and businesses in the region.

It's hoped that the rollout of the new technology will be completed and the service available to customers by the end of 2015.

Source: Northampton Chronicle and Echo

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