Five more Herefordshire communities set for Spring fibre broadband 'switch-on'
7th May, 2014
Gorsley, How Caple, Llangarron, Much Marcle and Symonds Yat will be the next communities in Herefordshire to become a part of Fastershire.
Work has been progressing well in these areas and the programme, now at the start of its second year, is on target to make fibre available to the first homes and businesses in these five communities during the spring.
Fastershire aims to take faster broadband to the parts of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire not covered by any commercial rollout plans.
In November last year, Ross-on-Wye became the first Herefordshire community to ‘go live’ as part of Fastershire, with over 5,000 homes and businesses in the town now having access to fibre, and work is continuing to connect more.
Cllr Graham Powell, broadband lead for Herefordshire Council, said: “A great deal of vitally important work has gone in to get us where we are today. We are now starting to see the results of all that labour with more and more local people and businesses in towns and villages throughout the county getting access to faster broadband. This fibre technology will not only help people access services in their community, but it will also mean that businesses can grow and Herefordshire will benefit from a thriving local economy.”
Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation networks for BT, added: “This is a major engineering programme but work is progressing well and gathering momentum. There’s still a long way to go, but we are getting there and this is an exciting time for people in the Fastershire area. This project will have a hugely positive impact on rural as well as urban communities in Herefordshire, with fibre broadband providing a whole range of opportunities for households and businesses alike.”