Sunday, 17 December 2017

Superfast broadband on the way... to some

HOMES in Wargrave will have access to superfast broadband by the end of next year.

HOMES in Wargrave will have access to superfast broadband by the end of next year.

Six Berkshire councils have signed a contract with BT which will see fibre-optic broadband rolled out across the county over the next three years.

Wargrave currently has access to basic broadband but the new service is unlikely to cover the whole village.

Victoria Road and School Lane will be among the streets included in the first phase of coverage in December next year.

Other parts of the village may have to wait until September 2015 and areas such as Crazies Hill are set to miss out altogether.

Wargrave Parish Council chairman Richard Bush, who runs a farm in Crazies Hill, said: “I think Wargrave village is going to be quite well served by 2014 but rural areas are going to be left hanging.

“Broadband coverage in Wargrave at the moment does vary considerably.

“There’s a very good service in Wargrave itself which is only going to get better. In outlying areas, however, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be covered, especially around Crazies Hill where I am.

“I’m very pleased with the plans for the main area of Wargrave but disappointed for the rural areas.”

John Halsall, who represents Wargrave on Wokingham District Council, said: “It’s wonderful that the plans are under way and I would encourage everybody to write in as the coverage level can be influenced by demand.”

Superfast broadband should be available to more than 90 per cent of Berkshire homes by September 2015 with speeds of up to 330Mbps.

Bill Murphy, managing director of Next Generation access for BT, said: “This is great news for the people living in these areas.

“It is important to support local economies as well as helping new development and infrastructure in these communities.

“This is where fibre broadband can play an essential role by revitalising towns, villages and hamlets, helping businesses to be connected.”

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