Fast broadband schedule for Isle is released


The project time line to complete vital work to increase the broadband coverage across the Isle of Axholme has been released.

Work will start soon and a pilot feasibility study is due to be completed by September 1. The building of infrastructure for the scheme will begin on September 30 and connections to businesses in the area will begin by November 1.

The second phase of infrastructure works for the project will begin on December 1. Finally connections to homes in the area is due to start on January 7 next year.

Epworth councillor and North Lincolnshire Council leader Liz Redfern has long championed a better broadband for the area and said: “Andrew Percy has been fantastic. He has rolled up his sleeves and worked with us on this to secure extra money and a scheme which can really work for our area.”

Managing director of Quickline Communications, the company the project has been awarded to, said: “As an independent wireless Internet service provider this pilot scheme contract is an unprecedented win, as the only wireless broadband provider to be successful in the tendering process.

“This scheme combines two sub projects – one technical innovation and one financial innovation. The purpose of the technical project is to build a large scale pilot encompassing various locations and remote communities. This will be conducted by Hull University’s Communications Research Group. This will be to deliver superfast broadband at low cost.”

In the week that the Isle scheme was released the Countryside Alliance welcomed Government support alternative ways of boosting broadband coverage with a £10m investment nationally.