Faster internet set to expand to more areas in South Gloucestershire

November 29 2015

Faster internet set to expand to more areas in South Gloucestershire

MORE homes and businesses will benefit from the roll-out of fibre broadband in South Gloucestershire.

In the second phase of a project to introduce faster internet speeds to the district, new areas will be covered and some that have already been reached will be expanded to take in more properties. 

Locations include Chipping Sodbury, Rangeworthy and Winterbourne. South Gloucestershire Council said: “Our funding, combined with contributions from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and BT means we are able to invest £1.54 million in extending the coverage of fibre broadband.”

John Goddard, chairman of the council’s resources sub-committee said: “Thousands of homes and businesses have already benefited from the first phase of the rollout.

“As we move into the second phase, more than 1,800 residential and business properties will be able to benefit from the extended coverage of fibre broadband.”

The council said residents and businesses in North Road, Yate, would be able to order broadband from their internet service provider straight away as the roadside green cabinets had already been installed and were ready for service. 

Councillor Marian Lewis, who represents the Ladden Brook ward, said: “I am of course very pleased that Rangeworthy and North Road are set to benefit from the latest round of roll out.

“However I remain very concerned that some of the other villages I represent are going to miss out again.”

She said that included “an important part” of Engine Common and she pledged to press the council for to bring connectivity to those areas.