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Thousands helped to upgrade to superfast broadband

Thousands of homes and businesses in Fenland can now upgrade to superfast broadband and hundreds more should be able to join them within the next two months.

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They are among those across the county who are benefiting from the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme, which has successfully delivered the first phase of its high-speed fibre broadband rollout.

It means that 13,500 premises in the district can now take advantage of high-speed internet access who would not otherwise have been able to get it.

Another 400 premises where fibre delivery has been delayed are due to be connected by the end of March.

BT is currently investigating areas where gaps in speed and coverage have been reported. These include Coldham, Elm, Parson Drove, Friday Bridge, Gorefield and Benwick.

Additional fibre coverage will be delivered in Chatteris, March, Wisbech, Whittlesey, Elm, Tydd St Giles and Wimblington during the next phase of the rollout between now and June 2017.

Connecting Cambridgeshire is working with BT and Openreach to find the best ways to connect as many places as possible with fibre.

The next two years will see the programme reaching some of the most challenging rural areas of the county with other technologies, such as wireless and satellite, being used for the remainder by 2020.

Councillor David Oliver, Fenland District Council's Cabinet member responsible for broadband, said:  "High-speed broadband is already making a big difference to households and businesses across the whole county. The Connecting Cambridgeshire team want to encourage more people to take it up where it's available. They're also keen to hear from people who want it but currently aren't getting it."

Article added February 2, 2016