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Nearly 1,000 Isle folk interested in super fast broadband

Mike and Jules Richards, of Axholme Brewing Company, are welcoming the plans for super-fast broadband at their hom in Luddington. Picture: Liz Mockler E1720LM

Mike and Jules Richards, of Axholme Brewing Company, are welcoming the plans for super-fast broadband at their hom in Luddington. Picture: Liz Mockler E1720LM

A total of 825 people in the Isle of Axholme have registered their interest in getting faster, state-of-the-art internet provision.

North Lincolnshire Council is preparing to put its super-fast fibre optic broadband contract out to tender with plans to have a commercial supplier in place by the summer.

The plans mean super-fast broadband internet should be in place on the Isle by mid-2015 at the latest.

Luddington businessman Mike Richards set up the Axholme Brewing Company with his wife Jules eight months ago, and would welcome the arrival of super-fast broadband.

He said: “We are busy online with social media like Twitter which super-fast broadband doesn’t really affect, but even though our business is still quite traditional the role the internet plays is definitely growing.

“It’s something we would definitely be interested in learning more about.”

Roll-out plans for super-fast broadband provision should also be known by the summer, including which areas will receive it first.

A council spokesman said: “The superfast broadband project is a rural focused project, which means the Isle of Axholme, as one of the most rural parts of Northern Lincolnshire is in a good position to receive super-fast broadband in good time.

“The broadband roll-out will be determined by a series of factors such as local demographics and geography, planning requirements and existing infrastructure. With a project of this size some areas will be planned and enabled before others.”

The spokesman explained broadband provision in the Isle currently varies with the copper-based service called ADSL technology providing speeds of up to 20Mbps.

She added: “Throughout 2012, a demand stimulation exercise was undertaken across northern Lincolnshire to register people’s demand for better broadband.

“The results of this exercise were excellent across the Isle with over 825 people signing up to register their demand.

“This will serve as a good evidence base for when a commercial supplier is in place, to demonstrate the demand and need for improved broadband across the Isle of Axholme.”

The spokeswoman added: “Isle-based businesses can benefit from 12 hours of business support through the broadband programme.”

The council is holding a series of events to promote the benefits of super-fast broadband for small and medium enterprises.

The first is on May 23, at Baths Hall in Scunthorpe. For more call Yvonne Thompson on 01724 297330.

 

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