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Superfast broadband reaches 1 million more UK homes and businesses

8th August 2014
Superfast broadband reaches 1 million more UK homes and businesses

The government’s rollout of superfast broadband has now reached more than 1 million homes and businesses across the UK.

The £1.7 billion nationwide rollout is on track to extend superfast broadband to 95% of UK homes and businesses by 2017. The rate at which the fibre technology is being rolled out under the programme is rapidly accelerating, with up to 40,000 premises gaining access every week.

As a result of the work being done, more than 70,000 homes and businesses in the East Midlands are already able to access the new fibre broadband service the rollout is delivering.

In Lincolnshire, as reported last week, Onlincolnshire helped 34,558 homes to access faster broadband. Lincolnshire County Council, the Districts and BT are providing Lincolnshire with an infrastructure which will improve many facets of day to day life, examples being through business, social, education and medical advancements.

"All is well with the project," Programme Lead, Stephen Brookes said. "Lincolnshire Highways and Planning Division, Western Power, BT Openreach and OnLincolnshire came together on the 31st July to discuss progress in relation to the project.

Stephen Brookes thanked all involved parties. "Onlincolnshire are extremely grateful for all of the hard work and dedication put into the project by their associates and colleagues. Without their help, guidance and understanding the project would not have been this successful up to date."

The UK-wide rollout is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future by providing access to superfast broadband in areas the private sector would not otherwise have reached.