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Superfast broadband on the way from Virgin Media

Thousands of residents and businesses in March and its surrounding area will soon be able to access superfast broadband through Virgin Media.

Virgin Media superfast broadband

The company has started work expanding its fibre optic network in March and plans to extend it to a total of 19,000 premises there and in Wimblington, Doddington and Chatteris by next spring.

The move has been welcomed by the leaders of Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council and by local MP Steve Barclay.

Those who wish to take Virgin Media's services will be connected with fibre broadband run directly to their premise offering ultrafast, future-proof connectivity with download speeds of up to 200Mbps for local residents, and 300Mbps for local businesses and home workers.

Fenland Council leader Councillor John Clark said: "It's good to see Fenland - and March in particular - gradually getting better internet connections and let's hope that continues.

"The whole district needs and deserves the same sort of speeds that places like Cambridge have been enjoying for some time."

County council leader Steve Count, who also represents March North ward, said: "It's great news that superfast broadband is on the way to thousands more homes and businesses in March and surrounding areas through Virgin Media's investment in Project Lightning, which complements our Connecting Cambridgeshire broadband programme.

"Good connectivity is vital to support a strong economy; it means that businesses can grow and create jobs, people living in rural communities don't miss out, and we can deliver council services in new ways."

Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, said: "I welcome the news that by spring 2017 March, Wimblington, Doddington and Chatteris will have access to ultrafast broadband. Those living in rural areas often miss out on opportunities to grow their businesses and learn new skills due to poor Internet connectivity; investments like this are a game changer for rural economies like ours."

Article added October 11, 2016