High speed support for community

More than 200 homes and businesses in a county village now have access to super-fast broadband.

The high-speed fibre technology boost for people in Linton is part of the iNorthumberland scheme roll-out in areas deemed ‘non-commercial’. It is being delivered by Arch – The Northumberland Development Company – and BT.

Arch’s group managing director Peter McIntyre said the investment was an important step in the project to bring faster broadband speeds to every home, business and school in the county.

He added: “The community of Linton should be proud that they are at the forefront in the rural roll-out of fibre broadband and grasp all the benefits and opportunities this new technology can bring.

“I would encourage residents to contact the internet service provider of their choice to place an order.

Northumberland County Council is contributing £7million, plus its £7million share of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, towards this fibre deployment.

BT is investing £2.9million and the remaining £2million is coming from the European Regional Development Fund.

Farooq Hakim, BT’s North East regional director, said: “The roll-out of fibre broadband is advancing across Northumberland, with Linton the latest place to benefit.

“Whatever you are doing online, whether it’s shopping, downloading, social networking or studying, you can do it better and faster with fibre. Outside the home, it also has huge potential for public services and local firms.”

For up-to-date information about the programme, visit www.inorthumberland.org.uk