Ripponden next for high-speed fibre broadband

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More than 2,000 homes and businesses in Ripponden are getting high-speed fibre broadband between now and Spring 2014.

BT expects this to be the final community in Calderdale to be included in its £2.5 billion commercial roll-out of fibre broadband in the UK. Future announcements will focus on areas where fibre coverage is to be expanded even further via partnerships with the public sector and local communities

Council leader Tim Swift welcomed the programme and said: “Developing such critical infrastructure will promote a stronger, more competitive economy.

“Fast, reliable internet is also important to our local residents, allowing them to access public services more easily and save money.”

High-speed fibre broadband is expected to reach 97 per cent of households and businesses across the majority of West Yorkshire by the end of Autumn 2015.

The technology also improves the quality of online experiences and supports new developments in internet services.