This is the modern world – and more villages are catching up

Faster broadband is on the way NNL-160704-160541001
Faster broadband is on the way NNL-160704-160541001

Faster broadband speeds are on the way for two more villages in Rugby borough.

Monks Kirby and Harborough Magna are on the latest list of places to be getting faster fibre broadband.

The £10 million expansion of the CSW Broadband programme, spearheaded by Warwickshire County Council and BT, was announced on Tuesday.

Engineers from BT’s local network business Openreach are due to begin installing the new network this week and the first households and businesses will be able to get fibre broadband from the summer.

It’s two years since the CSW partnership – representing Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshrie – started connecting the first premises to faster fibre. Since then, 45,000 homes and businesses have been connected to fibre.

Tonino Ciuffini from the county council, said: “This is really good news. As the CSW Broadband roll-out progresses, we are reaching deeper into the rural areas and these are just the latest communities to benefit from access to the fibre network.

“Many people take high-speed internet for granted these days, and forget that there are many communities where this is simply not possible.

“That is why the investment by Warwickshire County Council is so important for the social and economic wellbeing of our rural communities.”

It’s an ‘opt in’ service, but because the network is being installed by Openreach it is ‘open’, so residents and businesses wanting to upgrade have a choice of fibre broadband service providers, with more than 140 now operating in the UK.

Bill Murphy, from BT, said: “As a result of the excellent progress being made by our project teams, we’re seeing the number of communities able to access the technology for the first time to continue to rapidly increase.

“Every day we’re hearing how fibre broadband is touching people’s lives in new and exciting ways.

“The feedback from businesses and households opting to upgrade is extremely positive, especially here in Warwickshire, where take-up of fibre broadband is higher than average at around 30 per cent.”