Broadband speeds set to soar as expansion of fibre roll-out reaches more remote Warwickshire villages

Willoughby, Flecknoe, Meon Vale, Rowington and Stretton-Under-Fosse are among next villages to benefit;

More than 50,000 premises now have access to faster fibre broadband thanks to the CSW Broadband partnership

Thousands more households and businesses in some of the most rural parts of Warwickshire will be able to access faster fibre broadband for the first time in the coming weeks thanks to the £10 million expansion of the CSW Broadband roll-out.

Areas of Willoughby, Flecknoe, Meon Vale, Rowington and Stretton-Under-Fosse are among the latest communities to benefit, lead partners Warwickshire County Council and BT announced today.

Additional parts of Southam, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Wellesbourne will also be upgraded during the Summer, with more areas to follow.

More than 50,000 homes and businesses are now able to access faster fibre broadband as a result of the CSW Broadband project, which started connecting the first premises just over two years ago, as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

The expansion of the CSW Broadband programme will make the technology available to an extra 14,600 premises, the majority of which will be able to access the technology by the end of next year.

Local people can get more information from the CSW Broadband website – www.cswbroadband.org.uk – and via Twitter and Facebook.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance & Property at Warwickshire County Council, said: “Thanks to the CSW Broadband project we are bringing superfast services to areas that would never have been connected without our intervention.

“In order to reach these communities different technologies are coming into play, and this does bring challenges which make it a lot more difficult to let people know what is happening in their areas. As soon as the service is available the team will contact everyone for whom they have details on the system.”

Colin Bannon, BT’s Regional Director for the West Midlands, said: “CSW Broadband is a huge engineering programme which is progressing extremely well. Our project teams are working hard to enable more households and businesses to be able to get faster fibre broadband and its many benefits even in some of the county’s most remote communities. Whether it’s people working from home, and needing to share large files with colleagues and customers, or a family wanting to connect different devices to the internet at the same time – for leisure and education purposes – everything is better, easier and faster with fibre broadband.”

Warwickshire County Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “It really is important that people register to receive updates when their service has gone live. In order to reach the more challenging areas different technologies are being used, and the CSW Broadband team need people’s details so that they can let everyone know when they can benefit from the faster broadband services. It’s easy to register for updates at www.cswbroadband.org.uk/register”.

Upgrading to fibre broadband does not happen automatically. 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.

The benefits of using fibre broadband are wide-ranging. It enables people to connect a number of devices to the internet at the same time, without experiencing buffering. Sharing and downloading large files and information is also much easier and faster.

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