Residents and businesses in Blyth are used to having good access to the fast lane via the nearby A1, but things are set to get even quicker as high-speed fibre broadband becomes available in the village.
The north Notts village has become the latest in the county to get access to fibre broadband as the multi million pound Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) partnership between Notts County Council and BT enables its 250th cabinet.
For many Blyth residents, it will mean they will be able to work from home, download music and films faster, buy and sell goods online, play games, video-message friends, access online council services and watch TV on-demand for the first time.
Councillor Diana Meale, chair of Economic Development Committee at Notts County Council, said: “BBfN is one of the largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Notts and is being delivered on-time and on-budget.”
“To have our 250th cabinet going live in just 12 months is an incredible achievement. I am delighted for the people of Blyth that their days of slow broadband and endless buffering are now over.”
More than 500 Blyth homes and businesses are now able to access download speeds of up to 80Mbps. Residents and businesses will need to contact their internet service provider to sign-up to faster fibre services as it doesn’t happen automatically.
Communities in Bassetlaw to have benefited from the BBfN programme so far include Harworth,, Retford, Shireoaks and Worksop.
Coun Jo White, deputy leader and cabinet member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “The roll-out of superfast broadband across Bassetlaw is a vital tool that will allow our businesses to show continued growth and attract investment from companies looking to come to our district.”