Bourne is to get faster broadband

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BOURNE will be the latest area to benefit from BT’s rollout of superfast broadband.

New street cabinets will be installed in the town centre next year to improve the internet speeds of 4,800 homes and businesses.

Currently there are download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload speeds up to 10Mbps. Openreach is planning to roughly double these speeds next year offering download speeds of up to 100Mbps.

BT’s regional partnership director for the East Midlands Paul Bimson said: “This latest major investment is a tremendous boost for Lincolnshire.

“Super-fast broadband will be welcomed by families throughout the area because it will help improve their quality of life and leisure and open new doors through online learning and fast access to information and services.

“It’s also going to provide a fillip for businesses and the Lincolnshire economy. At a stroke, small and medium sized firms will have access to big business speeds at lower costs allowing them to find new markets, boost their competitiveness and create jobs.”

It is part of BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband and Grantham, Spalding, Louth and Gainsborough will also benefit. It will take the number of homes and businesses in the county using the new superfast network to about 124,000.

Stamford has had its upgrade in the last few weeks. It is part of BT Openreach’s plans to make superfast broadband available to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.

Lincolnshire County Council has also agreed to add £10m to a central government grant of £14.3m to upgrade the county’s broadband network with fibre optic cables.

This investment will mean rural areas don’t get left behind. The county council will decide next year which areas to spend the money on.

Deputy county council leader Eddy Poll (Con) said: “Access to fast broadband is absolutely vital for local firms and households. It gives businesses a competitive edge in today’s crowded marketplace and provides access to new markets with the potential of new jobs.”

The internet speeds in Rutland will also improve by 2013. In September Rutland County Council was chosen to receive cash from the Government to pilot a rural internet scheme.