Lincolnshire County Council finalises £48m web deal

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Lincolnshire residents could soon be enjoying superfast broadband after the county council signed a £48m deal to boost web speeds.

Lincolnshire County Council has joined forces with BT to bring speeds of 24Mbps and above to 88 per cent of county homes and businesses by April, 2016.

The council also hopes to give speeds of at least 2Mbps to every resident through the project, which is known as Onlinclnshire.

Work will start shortly, with the first superfast connections expected to be available in January,
 2014.

The roll-out will begin with a period of planning and detailed surveying before Openreach, BT’s local network business, starts work on the ground.

The contract with BT concentrates on areas where planned commercial projects will not deliver superfast speeds.

Towns and large village areas, such as Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings already have BT Infinity which delivers superfast speeds but rural parts of the county have not yet been upgraded.

Initial information on the plans can be found at the new Onlincolnshire website, www.onlincolnshire.org.

Residents can type in their postcode to find an estimation of the speeds they will get and the date work could start in their area.

Executive member for finance and human resources, Coun Kelly Smith (Con), said: “The internet is transforming our lives – at home, at work and at school. . Thanks to this investment by local councils, BT and national government, everyone will be able to reap the benefits offered by digital technology.

“This is the start of an exciting new era for our county.”

The project, which is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, will see about £48m of public and private sector money 
invested in improving the county’s broadband infrastructure.

The cash includes £11.2m from the county council, £4m from the district authorities, £14.3m from national government and £18.8m from BT.