More parts of Fenland in line for superfast broadband

Parts of Fenland are among the areas set to be first in line to benefit from the expansion of superfast broadband across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough over the next 18 months.

They are included among more than 50 rural parishes and urban areas that are being considered for the first phase of the roll-out of the new infrastructure that will deliver much better broadband speeds.

A new map produced by Connecting Cambridgeshire gives a broad indication of the areas that are under consideration. It can be viewed online at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk.

The map will be updated as the programme progresses to include subsequent phases of the roll-out plan.

A “parish checker” will also be provided later in the year, allowing residents to find out how their area fits in to the programme, and what they can do to promote the benefits of better broadband and help more people get online.

Connecting Cambridgeshire’s targets are to have superfast speeds of at least 24Mbps available to more than 90 per cent of premises and speeds of between 2Mbps and 24Mbps for very nearly 100 per cent by the end of 2015.

The first phase of the roll-out is scheduled to deliver improved connectivity from December 2013 through to June 2014. During this period broadband services from a range of internet service providers will be available to premises on a rolling basis as the infrastructure is completed.

Further details of the roll-out plan will be announced at regular intervals from September.

Councillor Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for economic development, said: “It’s great news that some parts of Fenland are among the areas set to be in at the start of this ambitious programme. Better broadband is particularly important in rural areas like ours – it’s desperately needed both to encourage business and to make it easier for people to access all sorts of vital services.”

Regular updates and FAQs are available on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk