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Community Fibre Partnership scheme brings high-speed fibre broadband

17 Aug 2017
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A new partnership involving local residents is set to make ultrafast fibre broadband available to homes in Ladder Hill, near Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire.

They’ve joined forces with Openreach, the local network business which is part of BT Group, to get the latest Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology capable of delivering ultrafast speeds up to one gigabit per second (Gbps). The high-speed service will be available within 12 months and residents will have a choice of service providers.

Mark Mullett, who led the local community group to campaign for faster broadband, said: "Since I moved here in 2012 we have been trying to manage with speeds of around 1Mbps, but soon things will be a lot easier when we can take advantage of ultrafast speeds. We’ll be able to Skype family members; keep the children entertained online with games and kids tv; stream entertainment services like Netflix and run our businesses from home much more efficiently. That’s all pretty impressive when you’re high on a hill in Derbyshire!”

The scheme is one of a number of Derbyshire projects where Openreach is working directly with local communities to help improve rural broadband. Other examples are at Buxton Sterndale and Langley Mill.

Buxton resident, Jamie Stafford, who helped lead the community campaign there, said: "We typically get low single figure download speeds, which makes it difficult to work from home, play games online, or to use the internet for homework. If we’re planning to watch a film on Saturday night, we’ll start downloading it when we go to bed the night before. To know that will take a matter of minutes when fibre broadband arrives is exciting and we’re looking forward to joining the 21st century.”

For more information on community fibre partnerships with BT, visit www.communityfibre.bt.com