Superfast internet connections bring benefits to Cambridgeshire

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PLANS by BT to provide another 17,000 homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire with superfast broadband have been welcomed by Council leaders.

The move supports Cambridgeshire County Council’s ambition to bring superfast broadband to the majority of businesses and residents by 2015.

BT announced today that Chatteris and Huntingdon are the latest exchanges in the county to be upgraded in the company’s £2.5 billion roll-out of superfast fibre broadband. This means that over 155,000 local premises in Cambridgeshire will be soon able to access the high speed technology.

The County Council has agreed to invest in superfast broadband for Cambridgeshire as part of a drive to encourage business and enterprise and support the prosperity and well-being of communities.

Welcoming the announcement, Cambridgeshire County Council Leader, Nick Clarke, said: “Cambridgeshire needs to be open for business to boost our economy and enable the region to compete on the world stage.

“These further internet upgrades by BT are another important step towards realising our ambition to bring faster and better broadband to the majority of homes and businesses in the county.”

Fenland District Council is part of the partnership of councils, businesses and partners in health and education working together to bring superfast broadband to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Fenland District Council Leader, Councillor Alan Melton, who is also County Councillor for Chatteris, said: “Fast, reliable access to the internet through broadband is becoming an essential of life and we are keen to improve coverage in rural areas such as Fenland. It is good to see that homes and businesses in the Chatteris area will soon be able to realise the benefits of superfast broadband.”

Huntingdon County Councillor Sir Peter Brown, said: “I welcome the availability of superfast broadband for more homes and businesses in the Huntingdon area, which we hope will help to boost the town’s economy and improve the quality of life for residents.”

Engineers will complete the latest upgrades in the coming weeks, and more are planned for 2012.