Residents who live in the Welland Valley are being invited to events in Ashley and Hallaton next Wednesday, February 11, about superfast broadband.
A ‘day of activity’ is being planned by BT so that residents, including those from neighbouring communities, can find out more about the benefits of fibre broadband.
A roadshow is taking place outside the farm shop in Main Street, Ashley, between 10am-5pm, with a drop-in session then taking place on the same day at The Fox Inn pub, in North End, Hallaton (pictured, inset), between 6pm-8pm.
Paul Bimson, BT’s regional partnership director in the East Midlands, said: “People living in Ashley and Hallaton will be able to place an order for fibre broadband within a matter of months.
“This is therefore the perfect opportunity for them, and neighbouring communities such as Dingley and Medbourne, who will also benefit from the rollout of fibre broadband, to find out more about how it works and the many benefits it brings.
“No appointments are necessary and we’re hoping to see as many people as possible. The evening drop-in session in Hallaton is a chance to come and ask any questions.
“Once again, you don’t need to reserve a place and everyone is welcome. Similar events have been extremely well-received in other parts of the East Midlands.”
Residents in Ashley announced last month that they had raised £15,000 to sign a contract with BT to install a new fibre broadband cabinet and underground cable.
This work is now underway and is expected to be completed by the spring.
Hallaton is part of the County Hall-led Superfast Leicestershire project that has already made fibre broadband available to more than 20,000 homes and businesses across the county.
The new technology is expected to be available within the next couple of months in Hallaton providing most villagers with access to superfast speeds from a wide range of internet service providers.
The installation work in both villages is being carried out by Openreach, BT’s local network business.
BT’s fibre broadband roadshow will include a high-tech, specially adapted vehicle that tells the story of how fibre optic broadband is installed – from the telephone exchange right through to a customer’s premises.
The vehicle includes all of the equipment used in the roll-out of fibre broadband including what you normally see - like the green street-side cabinets - as well as what you don’t - like how fibre optic cables are ‘blown’ underground.
Benefits of fibre broadband include faster download and upload speeds, the ability to access the internet via multiple devices without experiencing a slow connection, faster downloads of films and music, better online gaming, improved file sharing for businesses, Cloud computing and being able to work more flexibly.
For more information about Superfast Leicestershire visit the website www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk.
Story by Alex Blackwell.