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Could superfast broadband be coming to town finally?

From left: District Councillor Howard Mordue, David Hall, from PC People, and Mike Moyse, from Technical Support Department by the broadband cabinet at Buckingham Industrial Estate last year  ENGPNL00120131109142827

From left: District Councillor Howard Mordue, David Hall, from PC People, and Mike Moyse, from Technical Support Department by the broadband cabinet at Buckingham Industrial Estate last year ENGPNL00120131109142827

High-speed broadband could be on its way for town firms, according to a county business group.

Bucks Business First (BBF) is one of the partners in the Connected Counties Broadband project, set up with Bucks and Herts county councils and BT to deliver superfast broadband coverage to at least 91 per cent of Bucks by March 2016.

And yesterday, Thursday, a BBF spokesman said fibre broadband is due to reach the cabinet serving Buckingham Industrial Estate in the next few months.

BBF, which exists to support businesses in the county and receives 21 per cent of its funding from Bucks County Council, was responding to a challenge from Buckingham district councillor Howard Mordue, to help bring the business park into the 21st century.

As reported in last week’s Advertiser, businesses on Buckingham Industrial Estate say they are being held back due to the lack of superfast broadband.

In a letter to BBF this week, Mr Mordue said: “My question is simple, what is BBF and the county going to do in order to actually get BT, or a similar provider, to deliver to commercial users?

“In nearby areas, wireless community broadband has enabled villages to get 40Mbs and, if directly connected to the currently self-financed fibre optic cable, 1,000Mbs.”

BBF broadband manager, Chris Rawson, said: “In relation to Connected Counties, we have sought to make an impact on business park areas and built this into the tender.

“More specifically, the Bucks Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (Bucks TV LEP), as a co-investor in Connected Counties, wanted to see businesses and home workers benefit from access to superfast broadband, given its wider impact on economic output and social cohesion.

“A case in point is the Buckingham Industrial Estate, which was raised as an area that had not seen commercial fibre broadband coverage. As a result, the cabinet which serves this location has been included in the Connected Counties programme, with work due to be underway in the coming months.”

Mr Rawson said until now, fibre broadband has been in the exchange but not in the cabinet.

“It’s being brought out much closer to the end user,” he told the Advertiser.

Buckingham cabinet 20 is listed on the website www.connectedcounties.org/news/2014/july/latest-fibre-broadband-cabinet-upgrades

 

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