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Demand for super-fast broadband soars in Bucks and Herts

Demand for super-fast broadband soars in Bucks and Herts

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 1:05pm 30th January 2017.

A local, superfast broadband initiative is reporting a surge in demand across Bucks and Herts, as fibre-optic internet technology is made available to more than 64,000 homes and businesses across the two counties.

More than 41 per cent of households and businesses in area covered by the Connected Counties programme are now using the high-speed service, compared to 20 per cent just 18 months ago, which is well above the national average of 30 per cent.

Michael Garvey, Board Member of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and Joint Chairman of the Connected Counties Broadband Project Board, said:

"We are delighted with the progress of the take up of super-fast broadband across the area, as high speed fibre broadband is essential if local businesses are to remain competitive.

"We want to continue to provide the conditions for local businesses to thrive at the beating heart of the national economy, which is why we continue to push for 100% super-fast broadband coverage."

All of the engineering work as part of the Connected Counties project is being carried out by Openreach, BT's local network business. This means residents and businesses with access to fibre broadband can choose from a wide range of internet service providers and benefit from competitive pricing and products.

Giles Ellerton, BT's regional partnership director for the South East, said:

"Its great news that the rollout in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire is proving to be so popular.

"The Connected Counties team are out and about in the community doing a great job of raising awareness of the benefits of fibre broadband. The technology really does have the ability to transform the way people and businesses use the internet."

To check if an improved broadband service is available in your area, visit http://www.connectedcounties.org/

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