£4.08 million to get villages up to speed

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THOUSANDS of home owners and businesses in Brackley are set to benefit from super fast internet speeds at the same time as the county council secures £4.08 million funding to boost rural connections.

Last week Northants County Council announced it had been successful in its bid for Government funding to help get rural communities up to speed.

Internet service providers like BT can make a profit from a large customer base when they install super fast fibre optic broadband to towns and cities.

The funding will allow rural communities to bridge the financial gap to double their internet connection speeds.

At the same time it has emerged that BT plan to roll out services in Brackley in the spring which could give customers download speeds of up to 100Mbps. Currently the county’s average speed is 6Mbps.

Michael Hurst of Brackley computer repair firm Mousemate said he had customers in Farthinghoe who paid for top speed connections but only got 1Mbps, and customers in Evenley who were lucky to get more than 3Mbps.

Mr Hurst added: “At the moment it could take a few hours to download a film. Basically, super fast broadband will allow you to download a film in the same time it currently takes to download a song from iTunes. It will take minutes if not seconds.”

NCC are now looking for a commercial partner to help bring the super fast service to villages and are encouraging communities to demonstrate the need.

Helmdon Parish Council has set up the Fast internet Service for Helmdon (FiSH) group to improve on their 1Mbps

Councillor Danny Moody said: “The technology is the easy bit.

“At the end of the day it will come down to simple economics. Are there enough residents prepared to sign up to a contract with a service provider so that it makes financial sense for the provider to invest in the infrastructure?”