Rolling out superfast broadband to villages - The Worcester Observer

Rolling out superfast broadband to villages

Worcester Editorial 27th Mar, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

RESIDENTS in Kempsey, Powick and Ombersley will be able to access high-speed broadband later this year as the roll-out continues in the county.

The villages are three of more than a dozen name as part of the £20million infrastructure programme called Superfast Worcestershire which is being run by the County Council and BT.

The high-speed fire broadband will be switched on some time between October and December.

The Superfast Worcestershire partnership aims to ensure high-speed fibre broadband is extended to more than 90 per cent of Worcestershire businesses and homes over the next three years and builds on BT’s commercial fibre roll-out, which will enable more than 176,000 premises across the county to access the technology by the end of the spring.

In total, nearly 55,000 businesses and homes are set to benefit from the partnership programme roll-out, once it’s completed.

Superfast Worcestershire is a partnership between Worcestershire County Council, which has invested up to £8.5 million while BT which has invested £8.9 million.  A further £3.35 million is being invested by the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) arm of DCMS.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said: “We recognised how important this vital infrastructure is to local people and businesses in particular have told us the importance of knowing indicative timescales.

“I am glad that we have been able to work with BT to be able to share as much information as possible.

“We will continue to share further details once they are confirmed, following necessary surveying works, and in the meantime, would urge people to register at: to be kept up-to-date.”

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