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Festive fibre boost as Superfast Staffordshire achieves 70,000 milestone

Superfast Staffordshire - the fibre broadband partnership led by Staffordshire County Council and BT - has delivered some early Christmas cheer with news that it has now made the high-speed technology available to 70,000 homes and businesses across the county.

Alrewas, Audley, Burton-on-Trent, Creswell, Fazeley, Flash, Heath Hayes, Perton and Wombourne are among the latest communities to 'go live'.

Staffordshire County Council's economy leader Mark Winnington said: "We're pleased to hit the 70,000 property mark as the Superfast Staffordshire programme roll-out continues at pace. It is a great way to finish the year knowing even more Staffordshire communities can now connect - making a real difference to their lives. "In 2015, Superfast Staffordshire has enabled over 40,000 properties to access faster broadband speeds. The feedback we have received from those areas demonstrates why we invested in the project. Residents, businesses and schools have told us how their connection is broadening opportunities for them. We now look forward to completing the roll-out in 2016."

Bill Murphy, BT's managing director of next generation access, said: "Our project teams are working hard to make fibre broadband available to as many communities as possible, as quickly as possible. We're particularly pleased to be making this technology more widely available at what is traditionally an extremely busy time for both local businesses and households. "High-speed fibre broadband helps businesses share information with their suppliers and customers more easily, which is especially important at this time of the year when business deadlines can be particularly demanding. "Local people wanting to combine shopping online and use of 'click and collect' services with browsing the web to see what local retailers have to offer will also notice the difference. Fibre broadband enables a household to use several different devices at the same time, so children can play online games or do their homework without affecting parents watching catch-up television, shopping or uploading photos."

People can follow the progress of the roll-out via the Superfast Staffordshire and via Twitter @superfaststaffs and on Facebook. Once an area has 'gone live', local people will be able to get download speeds of up to 80 megabits (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps*. Upgrades do not happen automatically - it's an 'opt in' service, but because the Openreach network is 'open', residents and businesses wanting to upgrade have a choice of fibre broadband providers, with more than 140 companies now operating in the UK.


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