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Satellite dishes boosting broadband speed in Staffordshire

Homes and businesses in Staffordshire with the slowest connection speeds can get a discount on satellite dish to boost their broadband.

Those in some of the most remote and hard to reach areas of the county can get the discount if they are unable to obtain an affordable broadband service of at least two Mbps.

The scheme forms part of the Government's commitment to make sure every home and business in the UK can access speeds of at least two Mbps and an estimated 300,000 properties across the UK are able to make use of the offer.

A scheme to bring superfast broadband to properties is on track to deliver coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017, and has already reached an extra 80,000 homes and businesses in Staffordshire.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Around nine out of 10 homes and businesses in the UK can now access superfast speeds. We are making great progress rolling out new infrastructure, but it's a massive engineering project and won't happen overnight.

"The satellite scheme offers immediate assistance to those homes and businesses in Staffordshire with the slowest speeds, all part of our plan to make the UK one of the most digitally connected place in the world."

Those benefitting from the scheme are able to choose the features of the satellite broadband service they require, dependent on their broadband needs.

Staffordshire County Council's economy leader Mark Winnington said: "We recently hit the 80,000 property milestone as we roll out the Superfast Staffordshire programme - making a real difference to communities which are now able to connect. This is a priority to us as it opens up more opportunities to people and business wherever they're located. When our programme has been completed 95 per cent of properties in the county will be able to connect to superfast broadband. We have always maintained that we would work towards providing faster broadband speeds to the final five per cent of properties and the satellite broadband scheme led by Government will support us in achieving that."

More information on the national scheme can be found online at http://basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk.

More information on the operation of the scheme in Staffordshire can be found on the Broadband Programme website at http://www.superfaststaffordshire.co.uk/assets/Staffordshire_Basic_Broadband_Service_v1.0.pdf

 

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