Hambleton join the web revolution

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A SMALL village on the edge of Rutland Water is getting superfast fibre-optic broadband.

Hambleton will be connected to the Gigaclear network by mid-October.

The company became the main stake holder in Rutland Telecom in May this year and already provides fibre-to-the-home broadband services in Lyddington, Uppingham, Ridlington, Ayston, Glaston, Stoke Dry, Thorpe-by-Water, Stockerston, Oakham, Langham, Barleythorpe, Braunston, Burley, Brooke, Empingham, Whitwell and Essendine.

The Gigaclear network is financed by a group of private investors from Hambleton.

The network is built and managed by Gigaclear with Rutland Telecom as the service provider and there is an initial offering of up to 50Mbps of internet access.

Gigaclear chief executive officer Matthew Hare said: “This Hambleton build is the start of the Gigaclear plan for ultrafast connection in rural communities.

“Our focus is national, and targeted in areas where there is a high demand for secure, high quality connections.”

The service was installed in Essendine a few weeks ago.

Spokesman for Essendine parish council, Ian Collis, said: “We are very grateful to Rutland Telecom for connecting us up and in particular for their patience and perseverance over the past year.

“We are also very grateful to Alan Duncan MP for his help and support in speeding the project along.”

Last week the Government announced that Rutland would be a pilot area for superfast broadband in rural areas.

Rutland County Council has been awarded £710,000 for its Digital Rutland project and will deliver superfast broadband to 99 per cent of the county by 2013.

It is currently tending for a broadband provider to work with on the project.

Deputy leader at Rutland County Coucnil Terry King (Con) said it is the most impotrant project he council will deliver for some time.

He added: “The impact of introducing high speed broadband to homes and businesses across Rutland by 2013 should not be underestimated.”