Par­a­lympic star launches speedy new broad­band

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BRI­TAIN’S most dec­o­rated fe­male Par­a­lympian Dame Sarah Storey helped launch su­per­fast broad­band in Poyn­ton.

More than 1,500 homes and of­fices in Dis­ley and 4,800 in Poyn­ton are now able to ac­cess faster in­ter­net speeds.

It is part of the Con­nect­ing Cheshire su­per­fast fi­bre broad­band roll-out, a part­ner­ship of four coun­cils – Cheshire West and Ch­ester, Cheshire East, Hal­ton and War­ring­ton – and BT, and part-funded by Broad­band De­liv­ery UK (BDUK) and the EU.

The £28.5m project will pro­vide fi­bre broad­band to more than 80,000 homes and busi­nesses when it is com­pleted.

Dame Sarah Storey, who lives in Dis­ley, said: “Fi­bre broad­band will make a huge dif­fer­ence to us – we will be able to view and up­load race and train­ing videos much quicker, video con­fer­ence our coach­ing clients with­out buffer­ing and man­age our women’s cy­cling team Pearl Izumi Sports Tours In­ter­na­tional more ef­fi­ciently.”

Coun­cil­lor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “Our roll-out is al­ready mak­ing a big im­pact. Many homes and busi­nesses are now tak­ing ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to up­grade to fi­bre broad­band and see­ing how it can bring sig­nif­i­cant so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits – and, in many cases, see a re­duc­tion in their costs as broad­band charges are fall­ing all the time.”

Mike Black­burn, BT re­gional di­rec­tor for the North West, said: “If there’s any­one who knows about su­per­fast speeds and the im­por­tance of con­sis­tency, it’s Sarah Storey .

“We’re de­lighted she’s taken time out of her busy sched­ule to help launch su­per­fast broad­band in this lo­cal­ity.

“Sarah’s cy­cling team is now one of many Cheshire busi­nesses that can ben­e­fit from this faster and more re­li­able tech­nol­ogy.”

Sir Howard Bern­stein, vice chair of the North West Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund lo­cal man­age­ment com­mit­tee, said: “This pro­gramme is al­ready help­ing lo­cal busi­nesses make the most of su­per­fast broad­band, im­prov­ing per­for­mance and help­ing to cre­ate and safe­guard jobs.

“It is pro­vid­ing a ma­jor boost to the Cheshire econ­omy and the North West Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund pro­gramme is pleased to be sup­port­ing it fi­nan­cially.”

● Dis­ley Foun­tain Square group; Dis­ley Parish Coun David Kidd, Coun arold Daven­port, Dame Sarah Storey; Dis­ley Parish Coun Jackie Pat­ti­son, Mac­cles­field MP David Rutley and An­drew Arditti

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