A £3m project to boost internet speeds in Rutland has connected its first community to high-speed fibre broadband.
Representatives from Rutland County Council, which is leading the Digital Rutland project, and BT were in North Luffenham on Tuesday celebrating after the village was unveiled as the first community to benefit.
The project offers broadband speeds many times faster than those previously available.
County council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “North Luffenham is not only the first Rutland community to receive superfast broadband under our project but also the first in the East Midlands to do so using funding from the Government’s rural broadband scheme.
“We live in an extremely rural area and the importance of providing access to high-speed broadband for our residents and businesses should not be underestimated.”
During the next few months, 97 per cent of homes and businesses in Rutland will get access to high-speed fibre broadband as part of the project which also forms part of BT’s commercial rollout.
All 10 telephone exchanges in Rutland are being upgraded and in recent months, fibre cables have been laid and new green cabinets have been installed.
Fibre to the cabinet, capable of delivering speeds of up to 80Mbps, will be the main technology deployed and will be rolled out first. Even faster fibre to the premises technology, offering speeds of up to 330Mbps, will also be available on demand.
The council will soon announce the next communities to receive high-speed fibre broadband.
Rutland MP Alan Duncan (Con) congratulated the council and said it was great to see the first cabinet switched on.
For more information, visit www.rutland.gov.uk/digitalrutland.