Linked-up res­i­dents join life in the fast lane online

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

PREST­BURY res­i­dents and busi­nesses are now able to ac­cess su­per­fast broad­band, end­ing the frus­tra­tion many ex­pe­ri­ence with slow broad­band speeds.

They can now achieve down­load speeds of up to 80 megabits and upload speeds of up to 20 megabits per sec­ond thanks to the Con­nect­ing Cheshire pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme is one of many part­ner­ships across the coun­try rolling out high-speed broad­band to com­mu­ni­ties not in­cluded in the pri­vate sec­tor’s com­mer­cial fi­bre broad­band plans.

More than 80,000 Cheshire homes and busi­nesses now have ac­cess to the high-speed fi­bre broad­band as a re­sult, with Prest­bury among the six most re­cent parishes in the county to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits.

Leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, Coun Michael Jones, said: “This ad­di­tional broad­band cov­er­age we have brought to the re­gion is al­ready mak­ing a big im­pact and help­ing to keep Cheshire busi­nesses com­pet­i­tive.

“More cov­er­age is com­ing soon in our phase two roll­out so that we can reach even more premises, es­pe­cially those in out­ly­ing ru­ral ar­eas.”

Other Cheshire parishes that have re­cently joined the high-speed club are Small­wood, Bunbury, Fad­di­ley, Mar­ton Heath and Wis­tas­ton.

The £28.5m part­ner­ship be­tween four Cheshire coun­cils, BT, the gov­ern­ment and the Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund, was launched in April 2013. The na­tion­wide roll­out of su­per­fast broad­band has now passed more than three mil­lion UK homes and busi­nesses, with 96 per cent of the county ex­pected to have fi­bre by the end of the year.


●● Su­per­fast broad­band has been in­tro­duced in Prest­bury

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