Villages benefit from high speed broadband

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Residents and businesses in Hallaton and Medbourne can now get access to superfast broadband.

Villagers can now sign up to high-speed fibre broadband for the first time thanks to the Superfast Leicestershire partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT.

Villagers recently attended a community meeting at Medbourne Village Hall to find out more about what fibre broadband has to offer.

Cllr Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for rural broadband said: “I am proud to announce that both villages will soon see high-speed fibre broadband in their area.

“We know residents have been keen to see the technology and its benefits introduced and of course this is another positive step towards our vision of bringing high speed fibre broadband to all Leicestershire homes and businesses.”

David Tuffs, information resources advisor to Medbourne Parish Council said: “Medbourne Parish Council is very pleased that the Superfast Leicestershire broadband programme has reached our village. The village has a number of businesses and home workers for whom fast broadband is now a necessity. It’s no longer acceptable for rural communities like ours to be in the slow lane where technological development is concerned. We commend Openreach for achieving this installation with minimal disruption to the village.”

Paul Bimson, BT’s regional partnership director for the East Midlands, said: “I am sure residents in Hallaton and Medbourne will be delighted with the arrival of fibre broadband. Residents can now choose a fibre broadband package by simply contacting their broadband provider. Villagers will now not only have faster speeds, but also access to the best broadband deals on the market.”

By the end of 2018, it’s expected that more than 360,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire will have access to fibre broadband thanks to the original £18.8 million Superfast Leicestershire contract (62,000), a £9.2 million contract extension signed in March (10,000) and BT’s own commercial roll-out of the technology (290,000). This includes £5m investment from Leicestershire County Council and £530,000 from Harborough District Council.