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Updated guide for broadband
SUPERFAST broadband speeds are moving ever closer to Malvern.
A guide released by Worcestershire County Council shows how large swathes of the county will be included in a groundbreaking £20million overhaul of internet connections.
It shows areas where a majority of households will benefit, as well as those set for a “partial” upgrade.
Upton-upon-Severn is included among the big winners with coverage of the majority of premises.
Malvern has good commercial coverage but the more rural areas are still lacking.
The investment was welcomed by West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin who praised the rollout in the House of Commons this week.
“BT’s commercial rollout continues to make steady progress with large areas of Malvern now enjoying superfast broadband connectivity,” she said.
“West Malvern will also be connected by the commercial rollout, and the wayleaves have now been agreed in the relevant locations, so I hope it will be complete by Christmas.
“On the subsidised rollout to the more rural areas I will continue to push for rapid progress, more detail on timings and delivery and a plan to reach the final ten per cent in the fastest possible time.”
Your Malvern Gazette has led a campaign for superfast broadband in Malvern and now 48 our of 55 total broadband cabinets in the town offer a superfast service or are earmarked for an upgrade.
The county council say the guide is only an “indicative”
one at this stage and will be subject to change as the plans are firmed up.
It is also in the process of creating a special section on its website so people can put in their postcode and find out how their exact location will fare.
The project, in conjunction with BT, will see 90 per cent of the county and 55,000 homes and business get superfast speeds. It is estimated 1,000 jobs will be created by businesses growing and taking on extra staff.
The speed, defined as anything above 24 megabytes per second, is enough to download huge files, watch films or music videos and flick through web pages instantly.
Councillor Simon Geraghty, deputy leader and the cabinet member responsible for the economy, skills and infrastructure said: “We recognise how important faster broadband is to local people and for businesses to plan ahead.”
Nine months of planning and technical work is now about to start across the region.
Rob Shakespeare, BT’s senior project manager for Worcestershire, said: “This is a big job and includes surveying all the underground ducts serving homes and businesses in the area.
“We’ll then draw up a plan for where the fibre, new ducts, street cabinets and additional underground and overground equipment goes.”
The three-year project has been funded with £8.5 million of taxpayers’ cash, £3.35 million from the Government and £8.9million from BT.
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