Broadband roll out is ‘good news’ for rural businesses

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 January 2013

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BUSINESSES in Weston will soon have the opportunity to maximise their work force after BT revealed it would roll out fibre broadband in the next few weeks.

Members of the Weston and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce gathered to hear the latest from the regional director of the multinational service, who said this will give the chance for businesses in the town and rural areas to move forward.

Jon Reynolds, regional director for the South West, said: “We are developing a world class infrastructure which will be coming to Weston in a couple of weeks.”

The multi-billion pound project was first rolled out by BT in 2008 and offers internet users a faster rate, which is ideal for those who download large files or have many using the internet at the same time.

Mr Reynolds said the project – which is called fibre on demand – will deliver its service through a ‘fibre to the cabinet’ service.

This allows the broadband to be deployed from a pole or cabinet closer to the users home or business.

The cabinets will be dotted around Weston in phases.

Jon said: “We do not do a whole area all at once, we will do some points and then come back for others who are needed or doing well.

“We will do the first phase in Weston over the next few weeks and then the second in May and June.

“Worle was completed 2010.”

Some members of the chamber were concerned that the Oldmixon Estate would not get a cabinet close to businesses in the first phase, and that this would limit offices and homes.

Jon said: “We will address this issue, and the project will take a lot of work.

“We have to get power to these cabinets and make sure we are not blocking roads while doing work.

“We have got a lot of work for rural broadband as well.

“But the South West will be very well covered with the fibre broadband which is very good news for rural businesses and homes.”


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