Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire broadband: Five places being connected

Work has begun to bring high-speed internet access to five towns and villages in Herefordshire.

Much Marcle, Ross-on-Wye, Symonds Yat, Upton Bishop and St Weonards will be the first to get fibre broadband.

Last year, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire county councils agreed the £56.6m deal with BT to offer high-speed internet to rural areas.

Around 10,000 homes and businesses are expected to be connected during the autumn.

The Fastershire project will involve BT laying 2,500 kilometres of optical fibre cable and installing around 800 new fibre broadband cabinets throughout the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire project area.

The project aims to give 90% of homes and businesses access to fibre broadband by the end of 2016.

Councillor Graham Powell said: "This ambitious project will boost the productivity of local businesses and help to attract a more diverse range of high-growth companies to the area."

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