More superfast broadband coming to Staffordshire

broadband boxMore good news about our Superfast Staffordshire project that will see thousands more Staffordshire households and businesses set to get fibre broadband over the next two years. And, all thanks to a £5million expansion.

I’m sure people will agree that superfast broadband is pretty essential these days for everyone, whether it’s for business, schools, or leisure. When we don’t have good access we miss it especially at this time of year when many are Christmas shopping online, communicating with families and downloading festive movies or streaming catch up TV.

Well, 6,200 more rural households will benefit from the boost as the upgrade work takes place over 2017 and early 2018. Some of the county’s smallest communities will even have access to the internet for the first time thanks to the expansion, which is good news.

When the whole project is completed, 96 per cent of the county will have access to fibre optic broadband. Having this kind of speed on this kind of scale is cutting edge technology that will have a huge impact on our county. This will be some of the fastest internet tech available to nearly every house and business in Staffordshire, making us one of the best connected counties in the country.

And for the final four per cent we want to see connected too, we have launched a funding support programme to compliment the BT Community Fibre Partnership scheme. This allows Superfast Staffordshire to co-invest along with communities that are seeking to undertake a co-funded project. We want to hear from communities who are interested in following in the footsteps of Cotwalton – the first to pilot this approach with us. Get ready for Staffordshire to become one of the fastest online counties in the country.

And something we’re looking forward to on Friday this week is Local Charities Day. Small, local charities and community organisations will have their day in the limelight and show the great work their do in their areas. The voluntary, community and charity sector play a vital role in helping make Staffordshire a great place to live and it’s great that we have a day to recognise their massive contributions.

Local organisations better understand the issues affecting their own communities and are often visible and well trusted.  And, without volunteers, small charities wouldn’t be able to do all the good work they do too, so big thanks to them as well.

We will continue to work closely with our partners in the voluntary sector to support and develop small charities and promote volunteering to help us build stronger communities here in Staffordshire.

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