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16 January 2018

With superfast speeds now available to more than 90% of the county, the onlincolnshire team has its sights set on the remaining ‘not spots’

Since work started in 2013, more than 300 miles of new fibre cable has been laid and around 800 green roadside cabinets installed, bringing better speeds to over 150,000 properties.

BT Openreach broadband engineer

Now a further 21,000 homes and businesses are expected to benefit from the second phase of the project, which will extend superfast coverage to almost 97% of Lincolnshire by the end of 2019.

This stage will focus on some of the most remote rural locations, and in many instances will see fibre connections run right to the doorstep to ensure properties receive decent speeds.

The project is also exploring alternative technologies that could be used to reach the remaining 3% of the county, to make sure they’re not left behind.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member for IT, said: “We know good broadband is important to both residents and businesses, and is fast becoming essential to day-to-day life.

“However, it’s extremely challenging and expensive to bring better speeds to a largely rural county like Lincolnshire.

“That’s where onlincolnshire comes in. We’re targeting those really hardto- reach places that aren’t attractive to the commercial sector to make sure they can enjoy everything superfast speeds have to offer.

“We’ve already brought better broadband to over 150,000 properties, and now we’re improving things for thousands more.”

Fibre broadband helps make everything happen online much faster than a standard broadband connection, with the technology offering download speeds of up to 80Mbps.

A music album will take roughly 16 seconds to download, compared with more than three minutes on a standard connection. For a high-quality film, it’s about four minutes - far quicker than the 50 minutes on a standard connection.

Cllr Davies added: “We’re seeing a real increase in the number of people signing up for superfast broadband, with take-up currently around 44%.

“So if you’re yet to make the change, check our website to see if you’re in a superfast area, then contact your internet service provider to upgrade our package.”

The onlincolnshire programme is led by Lincolnshire councils and BT. Funding for the project has also been provided by the UK Government and European Regional Development Fund.

All of the engineering work is being carried out by Openreach, so people with access to fibre broadband can choose from a wide range of internet service providers and benefit from competitive pricing and products.

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