‘Superfast broadband is just around the corner’

This map shows the proposed improvements for broadband in the Gainsborough and Lincolnshire area
This map shows the proposed improvements for broadband in the Gainsborough and Lincolnshire area

An ambitious plan to launch superfast internet speeds across the Gainsborough area has been kicked off by a multi-million pound broadband project due to start imminently.

Lincolnshire County Council and West Lindsey District Council leaders say better speeds are ‘just around the corner’. For the first time ever, broadband should be available everywhere in Lincolnshire.

According to the project’s predictions, the Gainsborough area falls within Phase 7 of the plans and by the period of July 2015 and December 2015, 15 per cent of premises in our area will have basic broadband and 85 per cent will have Superfast Broadband.

Gainsborough resident Lynn Marsland said: “This can’t be soon enough.”

Businesses and communities across Lincolnshire are set to benefit from fast, affordable fibre broadband from the planned roll out of superfast broadband across the county.

This news will come as a relief to many web-surfers in the rural villages around Gainsborough who have often complained about slow speeds.

“This is fantastic news for West Lindsey. Improving access to high-speed broadband is extremely important for us as our district has so many remote areas that will really feel the benefit,” said West Lindsey District Council Leader Burt Keimach.

“Earlier this month poor broadband was highlighted as an issue by partners working in farming and agriculture – which is a huge industry for us – so hopefully this will go some way to addressing that. We are excited to be working in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council to help our residents and businesses get online.”

The county council, WLDC and the other Lincolnshire councils have signed a contract with BT to build on the existing telecoms infrastructure in the county so that at least 88 per cent of all premises should have access to superfast broadband by April 2016, with the council aiming for everyone else to have access to at least 2Mbp/s broadband.

Coun Kelly Smith, executive member for finance and HR at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The internet is transforming our lives – at home, at work and at school. And thanks to this investment by local councils, BT and national Government, everyone will be able to reap the benefits offered by digital technology. This project is going to dramatically improve broadband speeds across the county, bringing a wealth of opportunities for residents and businesses alike..”

For more visit www.onlincolnshire.org,