Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Thanet Wins Share of £2.5 Billion Super-fast Broadband Investment
Today, BT announced plans to fund the roll-out of super-fast fibre broadband across Thanet. The upgrades are due to be completed in Autumn 2012 and will ensure that residents and local businesses can benefit from next generation technologies. The news follows extensive lobbying by Laura Sandys MP, who has called for the installation of super-fast broadband to regenerate the UK’s seaside towns.
Following a meeting with BT, Laura said: “This investment is exactly what East Kent needs to drive forward its regeneration. Whereas before, Thanet was languishing behind with internet speeds of around 40Mbpsm, the new fibre broadband will deliver speeds of up to 100Mbps. This is good news for residents and will help secure local small businesses a competitive advantage.”
“With a faster internet connection, families could download a film, watch a TV replay service, surf the internet and play games online all under one roof with one signal connection. Small businesses will also be able to work online faster than ever before. This news should be welcome by us all and marks a success for my continued campaign to upgrade Thanet’s communications – internet, TV reception and mobile network coverage all need improving. With a hugely upgraded broadband infrastructure, Thanet is no longer left at the end of the line.”