North and North East Lincolnshire council has secured extra funding which will increase superfast broadband availability.
The North Lincs Broadband Programme, originally due to connect 89 per cent of premises to fibre-based broadband by Spring 2015, will now cover 92 per cent of homes and businesses.
The extra £1.2 million of extra funding comes from the government’s BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK) plan and Defra’s ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) along with £150,000 from the council.
Read our guide to Fibre Broadband and BDUKCouncillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, told local paper Thorne and District Gazette that: “We were keen to not only reach the government’s broadband target but exceed it. With this funding, we are well on the way to do just that. Thousands more people and local businesses in Northern Lincolnshire will be able to access fibre broadband as a result by the end of Spring 2015.
“We have been working with many businesses as part of the business support package to help them get the most of out of the internet in preparation for the fantastic broadband network. The event was a great way of keeping residents and business up-to-date on the rollout of broadband in their area.”
The government wants 95 per cent of locations across the UK to be able to access superfast broadband, defined as any technology delivering speeds above 24Mbps, by 2017.
BT, which won the contract in June, will connect the majority of locations to FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) lines. These currently provide speeds of up to 80Mbps, but the speed decreases over distance. The further away you are from a cabinet, the slower your speed will be.
Some locations will get the faster FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) lines which currently provide speeds of up to 330Mbps. In areas where you can get FTTC, businesses will be able to place an order for an upgrade to FTTP, replacing the copper last mile of an FTTC line with a fibre optic connection.
Though this will future proof your connection, it’s expensive and currently available to businesses only.
Those in the remaining 8 per cent of the area will be provided a basic service, guaranteeing speeds of at least 2Mbps at all times. It’s expected that these speeds will be delivered either via bonded DSL connections or satellite broadband.
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