Better rural broadband
Having dramatically improved speeds across the county, the onlincolnshire partnership has the remaining “not spots” in its sights
Internet shopping, watching TV and films online, keeping in touch through social media - these are part of everyday life for many people.
But until recently, significant areas of rural Lincolnshire couldn’t participate in this digital revolution because their broadband wasn’t fast enough.
That has now largely changed, thanks to the multi-million pound onlincolnshire partnership, led by Lincolnshire councils and BT.
Over the last few years, it has transformed the digital landscape, giving 150,775 homes and businesses access to better and faster broadband. That works out, on average, at more than 4,000 premises reached by the fibre broadband network each month.
As a result, over 90% of the county can enjoy all the benefits of superfast speeds - and there’s more to come. Onlincolnshire is already planning a second phase of work to tackle some of the remaining “not spots”.
Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for IT, said: “First-class broadband is no longer a luxury - it’s vital for any modern business or home.
“The onlincolnshire project has dramatically improved things, and more than 90% of properties have access to superfast speeds. We’re now focusing on hard-to-reach areas, which aren’t as attractive to the private sector, so they don’t get left behind.
“We’re investing an additional £11.6m, which could improve things for close to 13,000 extra properties, taking superfast coverage to almost 97%.
And we’re confident that further funding will become available to help drive that figure even higher.
“In the meantime, those that can’t get the basic broadband speed of 2Mbps can apply for discounted satellite technology through the onlincolnshire website.”
Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access, said: “We’re delighted the roll-out in Lincolnshire is making such a difference.
“We’re working to make more people aware of the benefits of fibre broadband and how to sign up.
“With download speeds of up to 80Mbps widely available, it really can change the way people and businesses use the internet.”
The improvements have been made possible by funding from Lincolnshire councils, BT, the Government and the European Regional Development Fund.
For the latest news on the onlincolnshire project, visit www.onlincolnshire.org.