£1.8m broadband boost for 1,500 rural North Lincolnshire homes and businesses

Planning and Environment
10:47, Wednesday, 24th March 2021

More than 1,500 rural homes and businesses are set to benefit from access to broadband with speeds of over 100mbps thanks to an investment to further increase connectivity.

The investment will help a selection of targeted premises which cannot currently access superfast download speeds (30mbps or more) to enter the digital fast lane.

Local company Quickline Communications will carry out the work, which is already progressing at pace, with premises able to connect to the new services in the coming months. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed by the end of summer 2022. Detailed delivery plans will soon be available on the North Lincolnshire website.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader and cabinet member for place shaping and connectivity at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Already, the council and telecoms companies have worked hard to ensure that over 95 per cent of homes and businesses in North Lincolnshire have access to superfast broadband but our ambitions do not stop there.

“This new investment will ensure that even more people, many in rural areas of North Lincolnshire, will be able to access download speeds of over 100mbps.

“Access to fast, reliable broadband has never been as important as it is now and this will make a huge difference to the way people learn, access services and remain connected across communities.

“The faster speeds will also be crucial for our businesses, helping them compete in the global marketplace as we continue to grow the local economy.

“I would urge businesses and residents to take advantage of the faster speeds and better connectivity.”

Steve Jagger, CEO of Quickline Communications, said:

“We are thrilled to be working alongside North Lincolnshire Council to rollout broadband with download speeds of over 100mbps. We share their ambitions to see communities connected – everyone should have access to high-speed internet no matter where they live or work.

“This year, more than ever, we have seen how important internet access is, giving people the ability to work remotely and to stay in touch with family and friends, reducing isolation for many.”

North Lincolnshire Council has paid £400,000, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) £1m and Quickline Communications £400,000 to enable the upgrades to ultrafast broadband.

In addition to the rollout, North Lincolnshire Council has ambitious plans to provide fast, reliable, future-proof gigabit capable provision across the area. Gigabit capable broadband can deliver download speeds of up to 1000mbps.

To register an interest in being able to access ultrafast or gigabit capable speeds where you live or work, please visit our website.

The UK Government’s Gigabit Voucher Scheme (GBVS) can also help communities to get connected. The scheme is set to be refreshed at the end of March, but at present rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps could be eligible for a voucher worth £1,500 per home or £3,500 per business.

This can be used as part of a group project of two premises or more to support the cost of installing new fast and reliable connections. More information is available on the gigabit voucher website: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk