Superfast broadband arrives in Prickwillow

PUBLISHED: 08:18 23 December 2014

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Superfast broadband has arrived in Prickwillow, which has suffered from poor internet connectivity for many years.

Connecting Cambridgeshire announced this week that the new green roadside cabinet had gone live, which means homes and businesses connected to it will be able to upgrade to faster fibre broadband over the next few weeks.

The cabinet is the latest of over 250 cabinets that have been installed during the first year of the roll-out - bringing access to high speed broadband to more than 17,000 in East Cambridgeshire.

The programme is on track to reach over 90,000 premises across the county by the end of 2015.

The long-awaited go-live has been welcomed by broadband champions for Prickwillow, who have helped to keep residents informed of the progress of the roll-out programme.

However, some homes that are particularly hard to reach due to their distance from the cabinet will take a little longer to get connected.

BT’s local network business Openreach is looking at several alternative solutions to get the network out to these more remote homes.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, chairman of the economy and environment committee, said: “It’s been a superfast year for Connecting Cambridgeshire and we’re delighted that faster broadband has now reached homes and businesses in Prickwillow that would not be able to get it otherwise.

“We appreciate that it is frustrating for those living in remote areas to have to wait a bit longer, however, we are working closely with BT and the government to find alternative solutions to get them connected and will be announcing further details in the new year.”

Residents can find out if they can access faster fibre broadband and get advice on how to upgrade on the ‘my area’ pages of the Connecting Cambridgeshire website at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk

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