Linked-up residents join life in the fast lane online
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