Ultrafast broadband boost for three more North Lincolnshire communities

Community Advice and Support
13:56, Monday, 10th May 2021

Engineering work to connect three more North Lincolnshire communities to full fibre broadband is set to begin.

Already, 95 per cent of homes and businesses in our area have access to superfast broadband and the council are committed to working with suppliers to bring the benefits of gigabit capable broadband to every property in North Lincolnshire.

Now, residents and businesses in Broughton, Goxhill and Scawby will also be able to enjoy the benefits of a faster internet connection – making a huge difference to the way people stream, download, work and access services.

The work will be carried out by East Yorkshire-based KCOM and contributes to the council’s ambition to see communities connected.

The decision to connect the three communities was taken after a surge of interest from local residents, showing a pent-up demand for quality broadband across North Lincolnshire.

KCOM chief executive Dale Raneberg said: “I’m delighted to announce that work is now getting underway to give access to residents of Broughton, Goxhill and Scawby to our full fibre network.

“Before committing to build in each of these new communities we’ve listened very carefully to local people to gauge demand for our ultrafast broadband and we’ve been delighted by the huge amount of interest that’s been shown.

“We’ve said right from the beginning of our £100m expansion programme that if communities want us, we will do our best to come – and we’ve been really encouraged by the amount of support we’ve received in North Lincolnshire.

“Our engineers will shortly be out and about in these communities undertaking the groundworks necessary to lay our fibre cable. Although this may lead to some short-term disruption, we always endeavour to keep this to a minimum and it will lead to long term benefits for the area.

“As part of the KCOM family customers in North Lincolnshire will be able to access ultrafast speeds on one of the UK’s best full fibre networks. This means they will be able to stream, surf, download and work from home better than ever before, which has become essential for many people in the past 12 months.”

In 2020, KCOM announced that it would bring Lightstream broadband to North Lincolnshire, with ultrafast broadband initially deployed to 10,000 properties in the towns of Barton-Upon-Humber and Brigg.

Broughton, Goxhill and Scawby are the latest communities to benefit. The company is also actively gauging interest in other town and villages across the region and would like to hear from any communities who feel they could benefit from being connected to ultrafast broadband. Further announcements will be made later this summer.

Customers in Goxhill, Scawby and Broughton can register their interest in full fibre broadband by visiting the KCOM website to be the first to find out when it’s available on their street.