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Village to benefit from 'superfast' broadband
12:55pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
WHITEPARISH is one of five Wiltshire villages along with Salisbury city programmed for superfast broadband coverage next year.
BT has teamed up with Wiltshire Council and neighbouring South Gloucester Council to deliver the £35.6m project to upgrade broadband facilities in both counties.
Funding for the scheme has come from the two councils, BT, The Government's Superfast Broadband programme and the European Regional Development Fund.
The first homes and business at Whiteparish and the other five areas of Wiltshire will be able to order fibre optic broadband for the first time by summer 2014.
Whiteparish-based Lascar Electronics which employs about 35 people is one business look forward to the arrival of superfast broadband.
Company sales and marketing manager Ben Savage said: “We run an international business and transfer a lot of large data files and video conferencing will certainly benefit from this. We've got a dedicated line with relatively poor infrastructure in place. At the moment we have to make the most of what we've got. We are very pleased that Whiteparish is one of the areas chosen for superfast broadband, it can't come fast enough. It is really good news and hopefully it will bring more businesses to the area.”
Wiltshire's cabinet spokesman for broadband, John Thomson said it was great news for the county.
“I am delighted that more communities in Wiltshire will soon be able to reap the benefits of having superfast broadband for the very first time. This project will have a hugely positive impact on those rural communities but also provide a boost to local businesses and allow them to operate as effectively as possible. I am looking forward to announcing more Wiltshire communities who will be benefit from this project in near future,” said Mr Thomson.
Bill Murphy MD of next generation networks BT Group said: “This is another important milestone for a partnership which is making rapid progress. Working with our partners, we are able to bring this exciting technology to locations where the economics and engineering challenges are that much greater.”
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