CSW Broadband roll-out brings broadband boost to more Warwickshire villages in run-up to Christmas

The CSW Broadband partnership – led by Warwickshire County Council and BT – is spreading some seasonal cheer by making high-speed fibre broadband available to more of the county’s smallest communities in the run-up to Christmas.

Parts of Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Flecknoe, Pailton and Tysoe are the latest to benefit from the CSW Broadband roll-out, which is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Elsewhere, households and businesses in Avon Dassett, Buckley Green, Monks Kirby and Stretton-Under-Foss are now able to access faster fibre broadband for the first time.

The wide-ranging benefits include:

  • High quality, speedy online access when connecting several devices to the internet at the same time;
  • Playing games, streaming music and watching catch-up television without any buffering;
  • Using the internet for homework, shopping and other services more quickly and easily;
  • Being able to quickly share large files and photos via email and over the internet.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance & Property at Warwickshire County Council, said: “The CSW Broadband project is making a real difference to the lives and working practices of people in some of the most rural parts of the county.

“Whether it is for work or for leisure, access to high quality broadband is often taken for granted by those who have it. However, where superfast broadband is not available people can find it extremely difficult to engage in today’s increasingly connected world. That inequality is exactly what this project is addressing.”

Colin Bannon, BT’s Regional Director for Warwickshire and the West Midlands, said: “At this busy time of the year, it’s especially great that more households and businesses are now able to access faster fibre broadband as a result of the CSW Broadband partnership.

“People who choose to upgrade to a fibre broadband service can expect a faster, more reliable internet connection. So whether you’re doing some Christmas shopping online, working from home, or using the internet to stay in touch with customers, colleagues or loved ones, all those things are easier, faster and better with fibre broadband.”

Warwickshire County Councillor, Philip Johnson, Chair of Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “Once again we see that the CSW Broadband project is bringing superfast speeds to those areas that would never have been reached by the commercial roll-out of the broadband providers. That is because these locations are too remote to be economically viable without the intervention of a publicly-funded project.”

More than 56,000 premises now have access to faster fibre broadband as a result of the CSW Broadband roll-out. Updates on the roll-out are available from: www.cswbroadband.org.uk

Because the fibre broadband network is being installed by Openreach – BT’s local network business – households and businesses can choose from a wide range of fibre broadband providers. They need to place an order with a provider in order to benefit from the service.

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