Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Residents of Seaton Sluice are gearing up for the arrival of superfast fibre broadband which will ‘transform the community’ according to Councillor Susan Dungworth who represents the area.

‘SUPER COOL’ AS SUPERFAST BROADBAND COMES TO SEATON SLUICE
Countdown for community as Broadband project promises ‘superfast access to internet’ and a boost to local house prices

Residents of Seaton Sluice are gearing up for the arrival of superfast fibre broadband which will ‘transform the community’ according to Councillor Susan Dungworth who represents the area.
Using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK - via Department for Culture Media and Sport) and Northumberland County Council, Arch Digital is bringing Superfast broadband to over 90% of Northumberland’s homes and businesses. The project has been designed to ensure the communities that have not been upgraded commercially by BT can have access to the same broadband speeds as more urban areas.
Now Arch Digital are promoting a drop in event at Seaton Sluice Community Centre between 4pm and 6pm. Experts will be on hand to answer questions from residents and businesses, outlining the benefits of being online in general and how high speed broadband could make a difference to their business or home.
Councillor Dungworth said
‘This is a great example of how the new administration in County Hall is working with partners to make sure our communities can access the benefits of superfast broadband. This is an important step and will make a real difference to residents and business ‘quality of life’. Recent studies show how access to broadband can increase house prices by as much as 20% so it makes sound economic sense to make the change’


NOTES
• Seaton Sluice will benefit from superfast fibre broadband infrastructure with speeds of over 24mbps available to the majority of residents and businesses in the area.
• There are four street cabinets serving Seaton Sluice.
• One has been upgraded by BT but the other three have had to rely on the publically funded iNorthumberland programme.
• Three cabinets are already live and residents and businesses served by those cabinets can already order a high speed fibre broadband service.
• It is expected that the final cabinet will be live by the end of this week.

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