Super-fast broadband coming to Lincolnshire

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INTERNET speeds in the Grantham area are set to increase dramatically within the next five years as the county council invests £57 million.

This week the Government approved plans to bring next-gen broadband to Lincolnshire. The plans will see 90 per cent of homes receiving super-fast speeds of at least 24Mb per second by 2015, with the rest guaranteed to get at least 2Mbs. By 2017, all of the county will have super-fast broadband.

Coun Kelly Smith, Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, said: “Our plan will bring super-fast broadband to everyone in Lincolnshire. This isn’t a luxury – that’s why the county council is investing £10m in this project, despite the difficult financial climate.

“Improved broadband is vital for business growth, for all residents accessing services, including the growing number of silver surfers, and for young people looking to download learning materials.

“The next five years will see around £57 million of private and public sector money invested in broadband technology. Now our plan has been approved, we can get started on making our ambitions a reality.”

A grant from the European Regional Development Fund will fund pilot schemes in East Lindsey and Boston before the new broadband reaches the rest of the county.

Coun Smith said: “Over the next year, we’ll be finalising arrangements with our private sector partner and confirming the district councils’ contribution. Where possible, we’ll create opportunities for local businesses to become involved. And we should see some of the improvements starting to take effect from as early as 2013.

“Residents are also being encouraged to build up a picture of the current situation by registering at www.onlincolnshire.org This will help prove to commercial suppliers that there is a demand in Lincolnshire for the next generation of broadband infrastructure.”