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Villages lead technology charge across Staffordshire

More than twice as many households and businesses are reaping the benefits of the Superfast Staffordshire fibre broadband roll-out as this time last year, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT announced today.

As the project roll-out continues at pace, the percentage of customers opting for an upgrade has doubled from 12 per cent to more than 24 per cent in the past year – and the number is continuing to grow rapidly.

In some areas – including in some of the county’s smaller communities – more than half of the customers able to access the fibre optic network have already chosen to upgrade.

The communities include: Abbots Bromley, Amington, Armitage, Branston, Church Eaton, Flash, Fradley, Hixon, Hopton, Sandyford, Trentham, Tutbury, Wheaton Aston and Yarnfield.

Other areas of Staffordshire where faster fibre broadband is proving popular include Kings Bromley and Yoxall, which were the first two communities to benefit from the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out.

It’s just over two years since Superfast Staffordshire – which is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme – began connecting the first premises to the new fibre optic network. Now around 88,000 households and businesses are able to access the technology as a result of the roll-out programme.

Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader Mark Winnington said: “The Superfast Staffordshire project has been a huge success and is making a real difference to communities now connected over the last two years. It is opening up opportunities for people and business across the county and means they do not get left behind just because of where they live or operate. It is hugely encouraging to see take-up doubling in the last year with the number of people continuing to grow. This project is further demonstration that Staffordshire is a connected county.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for broadband partnerships, said: “Every day we’re seeing how fibre broadband is changing people’s lives for the better, whether it’s a family wanting to connect several devices to the internet at the same time, for leisure or educational purposes, or people wanting to work from home.
“Superfast Staffordshire is a major engineering programme which is progressing well. Our project teams are working hard to ensure as many communities have access to the technology, as quickly as possible. When combined with BT’s own commercial roll-out, more than 465,000 premises across the county are now able to access faster fibre broadband.”

Residents and businesses can follow the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out via the website: www.superfaststaffordshire.co.uk