Four more villages in Rutland have access to fast broadband thanks to council project

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
Rutland County Council offices in Oakham

Four more villages in Rutland have access to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to a county council project.

More than 2,700 properties in the county now have access to the broadband. Just over half of the homes and businesses in Uppingham, as well as the majority of properties in the villages of Edith Weston, Ketton, Stretton and Ridlington are connected. They follow North Luffenham, which was the first area to be connected.

Residents living in one of the areas already ‘switched on’ can find out more about fibre broadband by contacting their internet service provider who will be able to advise them of the packages available.

Rutland County Council is leading the project and deputy leader Terry King (Con) said: “After months of hard work, we’re pleased to have more than 2,700 homes across six communities now able to connect to fibre broadband. Early feedback from North Luffenham, the location of the first cabinet to be switched on in Rutland, is positive with many homeworkers among the first to place an order for superfast broadband.

“A great deal of work is also taking place focussed on areas of the county that present us with a challenge. Properties located further from the exchange will invariably receive lower broadband speeds than those in close proximity. We are looking at how to provide the best infrastructure possible.

“Depending upon location, download speeds over 24Mps and up to 80Mbps can be expected in most areas and residents can choose a fibre broadband package from an internet service provider of their choice.”

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT Group, said: “It’s a great achievement that so many people in Rutland can already access this fantastic technology. High-speed fibre broadband is a very exciting step forward for these communities. It will provide a major boost for local businesses and households. Whatever you do online you can do it better with fibre broadband.”

As many as 9,000 households are due to be able to order fibre across the county by early September, via the project.

To find out more information about the Digital Rutland project visit www.rutland.gov.uk/digitalrutland