About 180 more premises in Whittlesey should now be able to access superfast broadband following the installation of a new green cabinet linking them to the fibre broadband network.
The cabinet, on Cemetery Road, is one of 10 that went live across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough this week (November 25).
They mark the start of Connecting Cambridgeshire’s roll-out programme, which will give thousands of homes and businesses the chance to benefit from high speed Internet access.
The programme aims to provide superfast speeds of at least 24Mbps to more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses across the county and a minimum of 2 Mbps to virtually all premises by the end of 2015.
Councillor Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder, said: “Having access to faster broadband is crucial for rural areas like Fenland. Not only is it essential for local businesses and people who work from home; it also makes it easier for others who need it to tap into many services, including education and health.
“We look forward to the roll-out of many more of these cabinets across the district over the next two years.”
Councillor Martin Curtis, leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said the programme would make Cambridgeshire “one of the best connected counties in the country” and would give a special boost to rural communities.
“Faster connectivity will transform the way people can work and do business, as well as improving access to vital services,” he said.
People can find out where and when they can expect to get fibre broadband and see when local cabinets go live on the ‘my area’ pages of the Connecting Cambridgeshire website at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk,