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2,300 Extra North Lincolnshire UK Premises to Get “Superfast Broadband”

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 (8:11 am) - Score 505
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A further 2,300 homes and businesses in North Lincolnshire (England) are set to get access to “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) speeds via Openreach’s (BT) network due to a reinvestment of £2.9m in public funding from earlier phases of the Northern Lincs Broadband project.

So far the original Phase 1 and several related Phase 2 extension contracts to the Northern Lincs Broadband scheme claim to have already helped to make “superfast broadband” (FTTC/P) available to around 92.5% of local premises, with the raw “fibre broadband” footprint (this includes sub-24Mbps speed areas) taking coverage up to around 97% (i.e. 37,000 additional homes and businesses).

Last year another extension was signed (here) that aims to “take superfast to over 99% of the area” by 2018 (whenever politicians say sometime like “by 2018” we assume it means “by the end of 2018“). The good news is that efficiency savings and clawback due to high take-up (over 40% in related areas) in earlier phases of the project has now enabled £2.9 million to be reinvested on a further extension to 2,300 extra premises (here).

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“The project has already been a massive success and was recognised nationally as best practice and in the top six nationally for completing the first phase the quickest. We are now on track to reach our aim of providing 99% of properties across northern Lincolnshire with access to superfast broadband.

Being able to access high speed broadband has many benefits for residents and businesses, which we are encouraging them to take full advantage of.”

Tom Keeney, Chair of BT’s Yorkshire and Humber Board, said:

“More than 120,000 homes and businesses in Northern Lincs can now access fibre broadband thanks to the Northern Lincs Broadband and BT’s own commercial roll-out.

The second phase of the Northern Lincs programme continues at pace and with an extension having been agreed we are pressing on to improve broadband speeds as widely as possible across the area.”

Apparently some of the first locations to benefit from this latest extension will include parts of Amcotts, Sandtoft, Owston Ferry, Thornton Curtis, East Butterwick, Greetwell, Coleby and Bonby. Sadly no clear timescale has been given for this extension but that may become clearer in the future.

The existing project is also supported by the Government’s national Broadband Delivery UK programme, which has so far contributed a total of £4.32m in public funding to the scheme and this is supported by £2.42m from local bodies (councils etc.).

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Mark Jackson
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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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7 Responses
  1. Avatar Dan Spurr


    Thats it! not paying anymore council tax i’m done

    • Urban areas are down to private investment because the economic model should be more viable and thus there are usually very few excuses for big operators like Openreach or Virgin Media not to have upgraded such locations by now. Sadly they do often miss out on certain urban areas, which is usually due to expensive problems like Exchange Only Lines etc.

    • Avatar MikeW

      Isn’t North Lincolnshire an entirely different council and BDUK project from Lincoln itself?

    • Lincolnshire has its own BDUK funding. North Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire are Unitary Authorities and have their own separate combined BDUK funding under “North Lincolnshire”.

  2. Avatar Henry

    The “Northern Lincolnshire” project covers the two unitary authorities of North Lincolnshire (around Scunthorpe) and North East Lincolnshire (around Grimbsy). The area used to be part of the Yorkshire and the Humber region

    Lincoln city is part of the Lincolnshire project run by Lincolnshire County Council and is completely separate. The area used to be part of the East Midlands region

  3. Avatar mark klinger

    Unfortunately it leaves 26 premises in Wootton on exchange only lines which are only a short distance from the cabinet. Instead they are saddled with wireless broadband.

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