Superfast broadband coming to the Isle

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Residents across the Isle could soon benefit from superfast broadband, thanks to a local internet provider.

Northern Lincs Broadband (NLBB) will be providing the service to 4,000 properties across North Lincolnshire as part of the second phase of their NLBB project.

This has been made possible because of savings achieved from the first phase of the project and new investments – a total of over £5m.

Phase two, which started this month, will see 99 per cent of properties across Northern Lincolnshire receiving high-speed broadband by March 2017 – exceeding the national target of 95 per cent.

BT will install the cables so people can access the high speed connection and residents will arrange for their own internet provider.

​Councillor Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: ​“High-speed broadband has almost become a necessity for many households and businesses as it is relied upon day after day.

“Gone are the days of dial-up internet - superfast broadband is the way forward. It provides unlimited benefits for both homes and businesses. We have received some really positive feedback from residents and businesses saying they have seen major differences in their internet speeds when doing a range of things, from watching catch-up TV on their tablets to downloading business files.

​“The first phase of the project was a huge success. It was in the top six nationally for completing the rollout the quickest.”

The NLBB team will be in the Isle next month to talk to residents about the difference the upgrade will make to them. On May 6 they will be in the Haxey playing field car park from 10am to 12pm and also Westwoodside Village Hall car park from 1pm to 3pm.

​Details about the project and a map of the areas that will benefit are available at www.northlincs.gov.uk. ​Also follow @NLBB1 on Twitter @NLBB1 or search ‘Northern Lincs Broadband’ on Facebook.