Villagers log on to faster broadband

LYNEMOUTH is the latest county community to be better connected to the internet.

BT has announced that the coastal village is among the next group of communities to receive broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) — more than double the speed previously available.

The next generation broadband service, delivered over copper lines, is already available in places such as Ponteland, Red Row, Cramlington, Blyth and Ashington.

It is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband.

Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council Roger Styring said: “We very much welcome this latest announcement from BT.

“Just like roads and railways, broadband internet is a vital part of the essential infrastructure of Northumberland.

“In an increasingly competitive and technological world, it is vital that local businesses and households have access to faster and more reliable internet connections and this council is committed to ensuring that all of Northumberland’s communities are connected.”

Thousands of businesses and households in Morpeth are able to access broadband speeds of up to 40 Mbps through BT’s superfast scheme, which involved a number of ‘street cabinets’ being installed at various locations across the town.

BT’s Regional Director Chris Sayers said: “This is an important step forward for Northumberland.

“In these challenging economic times, faster broadband can help businesses become more competitive, find new customers and work more flexibly as well as greatly improve the online services available to families, home workers and other internet users.

“By the summer, around 84 per cent of the region’s homes and businesses will be served by an exchange that has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds.

“BT is also keen to work with the public sector to explore ways of bringing faster broadband to other areas which are geographically and commercially more challenging.”