Hopes for super-fast internet in local area

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SUPER-FAST broadband internet could be on its way to Lincolnshire, ensuring thousands of homes and businesses in the local area are able to keep abreast with the forefront of communications technology.

Following reports of poor internet speeds across the region, Lincolnshire County Council agreed to bid for a share of the government’s £530million Broadband Delivery UK fund to assist rural communities enhance their digital coverage.

Coun Colin Davie said: “Lincolnshire needs high quality broadband if we are to develop the county as a 21st century, dynamic business and lifestyle destination for our current and future residents and tourists.

“The quality of life Lincolnshire offers is second to none and a high speed broadband network can only help support the development of our county.”

If successful, the money would be used to install ‘fibre to the cabinet’ technology in 85 to 90 per cent of premises across Lincolnshire.

This technology would replace antiquated copper telecommunications wiring with state of the art fibre-optics, enabling the highest possible internet connections available.

Council assistance would also be offered to the remaining 10 to 15 per cent of communities who choose to solve their own connectivity issues.

The success of the bid is partially dependent on demonstrating that there is a desire to embrace the highspeed technology within the Lincolnshire community.

Although the new technology will reduce costs for internet providers bringing their services to communities in the county, without a guarantee of its uptake in these regions, the providers will be less likely to take the risk of rolling it out.

LCC has a range of initiatives to show the technological enthusiasm in the county in advance of the bid.

Residents are encouraged to register at www.onlincolnshire.org or to call the county council’s customer service centre to indicate their support for the super-fast broadband scheme.

LCC will also use European funding to create a ‘digital cluster’ of Lincolnshire based technology firms, encouraging them to work together to help drive the industry forward in the county.

The council will be submitting its bid to the government on Friday, July 8.

A decision should be made within three months.

If approved it is hoped that the new super-fast service could be rolled out within two years.