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Full fibre broadband will be available in Cottesmore, North Luffenham and Oakham in Rutland

Thousands of premises in Rutland will be upgraded to full fibre broadband following an announcement by Openreach.

New exchanges will be built to cover Cottesmore, North Luffenham and Oakham and fibre cable will replace copper from the exchanges to people's homes.

Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland, welcomed the news as a boost to the rural economy.

An Openreach engineer at work
An Openreach engineer at work

She said: "I promised to fight for better broadband, so I am delighted that Openreach has made this commitment to the people of Rutland.

"Rural areas like ours need and deserve the broadband that keep us connected to the UK and the world, especially as more of us work from home.

"Full fibre boosts growth, brings job opportunities and will help us recover from this pandemic."

She added that her next step would be to ensure even more of Rutland has access to broadband and full fibre.

Kasam Hussain, Openreach’s regional director for the East Midlands, said: “Building a new ultrafast broadband network across the East Midlands is a massive challenge and some parts of the region will inevitably require public funding.

"But our expanded build plan means taxpayer subsidies can be limited to only the hardest to connect homes and businesses. And with investment from other network builders, we’d hope to see that shrink further.

“This is a hugely complex, nationwide engineering project. It will help level-up the UK because the impact of full fibre broadband stretches from increased economic prosperity and international competitiveness, to higher employment and environmental benefits.

"We’re also delighted to continue bucking the national trend by creating more jobs in the region, with apprentices joining in their droves to start their careers as engineers."

Timescales for the installation in Cottesmore, North Luffenham and Oakham will be announced by Openreach.

Other areas, including Bourne and the Deepings have also been earmarked for full fibre broadband in the latest announcement this week.

Work on the full fibre network will start imminently in Bourne, while Stamford is scheduled for the latter half of this year. Read more.

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