Fibre optic for first Wiltshire town

Royal Wootton Bassett is the first town in Wiltshire to benefit from the council’s multi-million pound fibre optic broadband scheme.

Last week, council representatives and staff from BT Openreach hosted a public consultation session to answer questions and discuss details of the broadband project.

Participants of the session were told of the council’s efforts to get residents online as part of the ‘Wiltshire Online’ digital inclusion programme and also provided advice and support for those struggling to access online services.

Wiltshire Council cabinet member for broadband John Thomson commented: “this was a great opportunity for people in the area to find how they can get superfast broadband and the many benefits it can bring.

We have invested significantly into this project but it’s hugely worthwhile as the ability to access this vital service will provide a boost for households.

He added, “for those who perhaps need a little more help with computers and to get online there is plenty of support that we provide up and down the county.”

As part of a deal between Wiltshire Council, South Gloucestershire Council and BT, Royal Wootton Bassett is the first town to have fibre optic capabilities installed.

The partnership, which has been partially funded from the government’s Superfast Britain programme, is targeting speeds of at least 24Mbps for 90% of residents in Wiltshire before April 2016, at present around 1,500km of cables have been laid with 300 new street cabinets installed.

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