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Superfast broadband

posted 12 Dec 2011, 02:29 by John Mears   [ updated 10 Apr 2012, 03:10 ]
Superfast broadband is helping Milton Keynes become better connected
The roll out of super-fast broadband has begun in Milton Keynes.  For two years, Milton Keynes Council has been working with Openreach, part of BT, to bring superfast broadband to the borough. 
Openreach is investing £2.5 billion into its network nationally including Milton Keynes, to install fibre-based superfast broadband.   At present, 65% of homes and businesses are covered by the network, run from the Bradwell Abbey exchange, and the majority of parishes will have access to superfast broadband by the end of 2013. The upgraded Woburn Sands cabinet will be the next exchange to go live.
Superfast broadband typically provides download speeds of up to 100Mbps, which means music files can be downloaded in seconds and a full length feature film in 10 minutes.  As well as home use, superfast broadband is also good for businesses, as data can be backed up fast, and employees can work remotely with instant access to online files.
A recent survey undertaken in Milton Keynes by the council and Biztech found that 95% of Milton Keynes people want superfast broadband, yet while two thirds of the Borough now has access to the high speed technology, 83% of residents are still unaware it’s available to them.
An awareness campaign designed to highlight the availability of superfast broadband to local people will kick off during April.
Find more information, including a postcode checker for superfast broadband availability in Milton Keynes visit