Thousands of homes and businesses in Longridge are set to get faster broadband as the second phase of a project gets underway.
Superfast Lancashire is a multi-million pound partnership between Lancashire County Council and BT to make quicker broadband available across the county.
Longridge exchange provides service to around 4000 premises in total.
And as part of the project 3,500 will get fibre via BT’s commercial roll out and a further 380 will now get fibre optic via Superfast Lancashire, with the first area to benefit being around Whittingham Road.
The service is being extended in a number of areas where it is already available, but as part of the scheme it will also be rolled out to areas including Hurst Green, Great Eccleston and Carnforth. It means homes and businesses will have access to fibre broadband – with download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps once this latest phase of the county-wide rollout is completed before the end of the year.
County Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire Council, said: “Superfast Lancashire is vital for the county and will ensure that our people and businesses can benefit from the next generation of superfast broadband.
“The latest phase will bring those benefits to 10,000 more homes and businesses by the end of the year.
“By the end of 2015, 97 per cent of the county will have access to superfast broadband, putting Lancashire in the vanguard of the digital revolution.”
Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director for next generation access, said: “As a result of our partnership, superfast broadband is touching the lives of more and more people around the county, enabling them to do things in ways they’ve never been able to before.
“Families can connect to different devices at the same time for homework and leisure – as well as sharing photos and videos – without any frustrating interruptions or pauses, while small businesses and homeworkers can interact with colleagues, customers and suppliers more effectively and upload information more quickly.
l Customers are advised to check for availability at www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/