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Wiltshire Gets Rural Broadband Boost

Posted: 29th Jul, 2003 By: MarkJ
BT has joined up with Wiltshire's public sector to create a new £7m public-private partnership. The agreement means that 60,000 more households and 6,000 extra small businesses will be able to access ADSL by the end of 2003:

The telco announced on Monday that it plans to broadband-enable at least 11 more of Wiltshire's remote and rural local telephone exchanges within the next few months under the Wiltshire and Swindon Smartplace scheme. Six more exchanges could also be upgraded next year if the project is a success.

The Smartplace initiative is a partnership, which aims to boost the local economy, between Wiltshire County Council, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, BT and four district councils.

These 11 local exchanges would not normally be upgraded to broadband because BT does not believe there is enough local demand to make the process economically viable under normal conditions.

This latest project follows the success of a similar one, ActNow, in Cornwall. More @ ZDNet.
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