East Coast villages among the first to receive superfast broadband
VILLAGES along the East Coast could benefit from superfast broadband as early as this October.
Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and Willoughby with Sloothby are just some of the villages set to step into the modern age of high-speed internet.
Led by the county council, the onlincolnshire project aims to build on the existing telecoms infrastructure in the county so that by April 2016 at least 88 per cent of all county properties should have access to superfast broadband.
Lincoln's AB Internet has been chosen for two pilot projects that will make faster broadband available sooner along the East Coast which will use fixed wireless technology to improve the current broadband offering to a level that is over twice the current national average.
Executive member for Finance and HR, councillor Kelly Smith said: "These pilot projects will make sure these rural areas aren't left behind as we move into the digital age.
"Fast reliable broadband isn't a luxury – it's vital to business growth, to local residents wanting to access online services, and children downloading learning materials.
"We'd initially thought we'd only be able to fund one pilot, so the fact that we're going to be able to help two areas is fantastic news."
The pilot schemes, which will also benefit Old Leake and Wrangle, Frithville, Stickney and Sibsey, will be funded by £300,000 provided by the European Regional Development Fund."
Lincoln county councillor and Ingoldmells parish councillor Colin Davie said: "I have long been a passionate advocate for Lincolnshire's broadband project and I am delighted that all systems are now moving forward to deliver this for the benefit of all our businesses and residents.
"The Pilot scheme in Ingoldmells, Chapel st Leonards and Willoughby with Sloothby represents months of hard work and lobbying by residents and myself for this to proceed.
"It is fantastic news that this pilot will deliver much quicker solutions for my residents and I am certain there will be very happy people today on hearing this news."
District councillor for Willoughby with Sloothby Ward, Angie Smith said: "I strongly welcome the huge investment of £57 million into broadband across the County and am particularly delighted that my ward of Willoughby with Sloothby was chosen as a pilot area and will therefore be receiving broadband speeds over twice the national average by Autumn this year."
To find out more about the onlincolnshire project in your area visit www.onlincolnshire.org.