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Broadband set to deliver jobs boost in East Lancashire
4:32pm Monday 25th June 2012 in Blackburn
HIGH speed fibre broadband is expected to create jobs and give a financial boost to thousands of homes in East Lancashire BT announced today.
Fibre broadband, installed in BT’s second phase as they move across the county, is expected to give a major boost to the local economy. A recent report by Regeneris Consulting predicted that over the next 15 years the technology could give the economy of a typical town a £143 million boost, create 225 new jobs, 140 new start-up businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers.
BT’s improvements are in addition to the investment planned by Lancashire County Council. The authority recently announced its intention to roll out fibre broadband to the more remote parts of the county where it is currently not commercially viable to do so.
By Spring 2013 BT aims to make speeds of 330Mbps2 commercially available in any area where fibre broadband has been deployed, potentially transforming the competitiveness of businesses.
Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said: “The advent of fibre broadband in Accrington will enrich people’s lives and bring a much-needed boost to businesses in these economically challenging times. They’re joining ten million UK premises which are now passed by one of the world’s fastest growing fibre networks”
At home a family could be simultaneously downloading a movie, watching a TV replay service, surfing the internet and playing games online with superfast broadband.
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