THE areas in around Chester set to benefit new broadband networks in Cheshire have today been announced.
From the end of March next year, high-speed broadband will become available to around 15,000 homes, mainly outlying and rural communities.
In the first phase, faster fibre broadband will be available for the first time in central Chester, Christleton, Great Mollington, Tarporley, Tarvin, Kelsall, Clutton, Tattenhall and Guilden Sutton.
The central Chester area will also see additional fibre roll-out, building on the commercial coverage in phase one.
Details were announced at a briefing held at Oulton Park attended by community representatives, councillors, business leaders and digital champions from around Cheshire.
Cllr Herbert Manley, Cheshire West and Chester Council executive member for growth and innovation, said: “I am delighted to announce such a large number of west Cheshire communities, many of them rural, who will soon be able to benefit from superfast fibre broadband. We have been working hard for over three years to get to where we are today.
“This is an exciting time for Cheshire and the beginning of a journey that will see our communications landscape completely transformed.
A map detailing the areas to benefit is now available at www.connectingcheshire.org.uk .
“I would encourage everyone who thinks they could benefit from linking in to the new broadband to check the website and see where and when we will be making fibre available.”
The £28.5 million Connecting Cheshire broadband programme will be delivered by Openreach – BT’s local network – and will build on the existing fibre networks already provided by BT’s commercial investment, that will enable 96 per cent of Cheshire premises to access high speed broadband over the lifetime of the programme.
Maps and coverage information on the Connecting Cheshire website are available to provide greater detail on the areas that can expect fibre coverage to arrive under the first phase.
Additional information is now also available showing the proposed timescales for areas in the second and third phase of the programme, which are expected to see fibre availability from summer 2014 onwards for phase two, and from winter 2014 onwards for phase three.
To view the Connecting Cheshire broadband rollout information and coverage map visit www.connectingcheshire.org.uk and click the Check Availability tab.