Major milestone for Cotswolds broadband project
A whopping 20,286 rural homes and businesses in the Cotswolds have got faster broadband thanks to Gloucestershire County Council's Fastershire project.
This week the county council is celebrating the success of its project which has helped thousands of businesses and homes get online easier, helping them do business or make the most of the internet.
The project began in December 2012, and once complete by the end of December 2017, more than 30,000 rural premises will be able to benefit from faster connections.
In phase one of the project, Gloucestershire County Council invested £10million across the county.
During the second phase, the contract was awarded to Gigaclear to target a further 6,500 homes. This will lead to another £10million investment into upgrading speeds specifically in the Cotswolds. This is £3million from the council and £7m from Gigaclear.
The council has also agreed a £500,000 investment to be match funded by Cotswold District Council to extend phase two even further.
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council said: "Reaching more than 20,000 Cotswold homes and businesses with superfast and ultrafast fibre broadband is a fantastic milestone for the Fastershire project.
"Fastershire will bring many benefits to the local economy. From businesses taking advantage of improved broadband to training and support which will help residents make the most of opportunities online.
"I look forward to working with Cotswold District Council to deliver faster speeds to as many premises as possible in their district."