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Flicking switch on faster web for villages

Government Minister Ed Vaizey unveils the new superfast internet cabinets. Pictured with  Cllr Jim Harker, Leader, Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage.

Government Minister Ed Vaizey unveils the new superfast internet cabinets. Pictured with Cllr Jim Harker, Leader, Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage.

Superfast broadband will be switched on in villages around the Daventry area in the coming weeks.

Long Buckby, Braunston, and Weedon will get the speedy internet access before the end of March said officials at the unveiling of one of the new cabinets in Towcester on Monday.

Northamptonshire County Council is working with BT to install the service in rural areas that would normally not be ‘commercially viable’.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, NCC cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the biggest impacting projects we’re involved with which will make an enormous difference in bringing prosperity to the county.

“More and more, the internet is used in nearly every aspect of our lives both in business, public services and leisure. Having widely available superfast broadband is essential if we are to compete in the digital global economy and I’m delighted that we’ve reached such a significant stage.

“BT has delivered more coverage two months earlier than expected at this stage of the project which is a real achievement.”

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Today’s ‘switching on’ of the first tranche of superfast broadband cabinets marks the start of a remarkable transformation of broadband throughout Northamptonshire.

“The UK already does more business online than any other European country and widespread access to superfast speeds will provide a welcome boost to Northamptonshire’s economy.”

 

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