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MP meets to discuss BT speed in county
9:00am Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
LEDBURY MP Bill Wiggin met BT executives last week to champion faster broadband in his constituency and beyond.
Mr Wiggin said: “I always welcome the opportunity to press the case for development in north Herefordshire.
“Having access to high speed internet is vital for any business attempting to compete in the modern market.
“I was pleased to meet with BT executives at the party conference and press the case for better internet access and speeds for my constituents while being updated on the company’s progress in Herefordshire.”
In north Herefordshire, the MP’s constituency, Ledbury, has been benefiting from super-fast broadband since April with Leominster also benefiting from September.
Higher speed broadband has also been rolled out at Bartestree Cross, Bromyard, Burghill and Leominster.
BT started work in Herefordshire in March, with engineers working in Much Marcle, Ross-on-Wye, Symonds Yat, Upton Bishop and St Weonards. This will lead to about 10,000 homes and businesses having access to faster broadband.
Dubbed ‘Fastershire’ the project will involve hundreds of engineers laying 2,500 km of optical fibre cable and installing 800 new fibre broadband cabinets in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
BT claims 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the two counties will have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2016.
Bill Murphy of BT said: “This is an exciting time for Herefordshire and the beginning of a journey that will see the communications landscape transformed.”
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