Cheshire East Council today welcomed the news that super-fast broadband is to be rolled out across the area.
British Telecom (BT) announced, earlier this week that, they are going ahead with plans to upgrade the technology available to more than 300,000 homes across Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
BT had previously confirmed that Congleton would be wired up to super-fast broadband by the end of 2010.
Alsager, Haslington, Macclesfield, Middlewich and Sandbach have now been added to the list to receive the faster form of internet, with the rest of Cheshire East to follow. These areas will be upgraded between autumn 2010 and spring 2011.
According to BT;
‘Super-fast broadband offers much faster download speeds of up to 40Mb/s, potentially rising to 60Mb/s, and upstream speeds of 10Mb/s, with the chance of rising to 15Mb/s giving customers greater flexibility in how they use the internet, including much easier uploads of photos and videos.
‘These speeds also offer businesses major advantages, including new services and more sophisticated communications, such as high-quality video conferencing.’
Cheshire East Councillor, Jamie Macrae, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Prosperity said;
“This is exciting news for Cheshire East’s residents and local businesses. This kind of technology will allow us all to take a leap into the future, whether that is in our own homes, schools or offices.
“Ensuring people in Cheshire East have access to faster broadband is a key part of our emerging priorities for economic development. It plays a vital role in enabling entrepreneurs to start-up and operate their businesses from home and small offices. It’s particularly relevant to the digital and creative industries sector which requires faster broader speeds to communicate with customers and suppliers.
“We’ll continue to push on the roll-out of faster broadband to the rest of Cheshire East, and to ensure that Government plans for better broadband provision in rural areas are delivered as soon as possible.”