Superfast demand for new technology in Bradley, Dapple Heath, Ipstones, Seighford, Swynnerton and Waterhayes Farm;
Timely arrival of superfast broadband helps safeguard creative digital agency’s rural Staffordshire base.
More than 1,300 further households and businesses across the county are to get access to superfast fibre broadband as a result of a £1.7 million boost to the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT announced today.
Crowborough, Freehay, Grindley, Leycett, Little Bridgeford, Oakamoor, Oakley Folly, Ranton Green and Stanshope are among the local communities to benefit from the expansion.
The funding comes from savings made earlier on in the roll-out and additional investment from BT and the Government.
Superfast fibre broadband will start to go ‘live’ in these communities from next Summer.
It’s three years since Superfast Staffordshire began connecting the first premises to the fibre network as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.
And local communities have been quick to take advantage of the new technology .The percentage of households and businesses in the county opting for an upgrade has tripled in the past two years, to around 37 per cent.
Bradley, Dapple Heath, Ipstones, Seighford, Swynnerton and Waterhayes Farm are among the local communities where the technology is proving most popular.
Digital By Default, a creative digital agency based at picturesque Fradley Junction, where Coventry Canal joins the Trent and Mersey Canal, near Alrewas, is one of many small businesses to upgrade recently.
Dom McGrail, who runs the firm, which employs seven people, said superfast fibre broadband has transformed the way they work and communicate.