Web speeds on the rise as broadband upgrade continues

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Broadband speeds are shooting up across the area as long-awaited infrastructure work is carried out.

Bourne is the latest town to get the upgrade to BT’s fibre-to-the-cabinet technology as part of the firm’s £2.5bn national superfast broadband rollout.

The work will increase download speeds to a maximum of 300Mbps and uploads to up to 30Mbps.

The upgrade comes after IT worker Bret Whitcombe started a campaign to bring faster broadband to his home town of Bourne.

Previously Bourne residents and businesses were only able to get maximum download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload speeds up to 10Mbps.

President of Bourne Business Chamber, Paul Ross, said the upgrade was good news for the town.

He added: “It is great for businesses in Bourne. The faster we can get things the better.

“Anything positive like this is fantastic for the town. It proves that Lincolnshire is not the dead end county it is sometimes portrayed as.”

Mr Ross, who lives and works in Kirkby Underwood, said the next step was to bring higher speeds to the outlying villages.

Internet exchanges in both Stamford and Market Deeping were upgraded some time ago.

Rutland County Council has agreed a £3m deal with BT that will bring faster broadband to at least 90 per cent of residents by the end of this year.

And Rutland Telecom is offering fibre-to-the-home technology to communities in the county.