When William Shakespeare famously questioned whether you could have ‘too much of a good thing’, he was clearly not thinking about the positive benefits of superfast fibre broadband that were to come. Now, centuries later, a number of the most historic villages in the Bard’s home county have become some of the latest areas of Warwickshire to be included in the CSW Broadband roll-out of high-speed fibre broadband. They include parts of Wibtoft and Copston Magna, close to the crossing point of Watling Street and Fosse Way - two of the best-known Roman Roads in Britain– as well as Baddesley Clinton, Corley Ash, Church Lawford, Danzey Green, Upper and Lower Shuckburgh. The new technology will start to be available for the first time from the middle of next year. The programme is spearheaded by Warwickshire County Council and BT and is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.
Councillor Kam Kaur, Warwickshire County Council Portfolio Holder for Customer and Transformation, said: “There are teenagers today who have never known life without the internet. They take it for granted that they can stream video and music, book holidays and concerts, work from home – and have access to all of their school or college information and carry out research just as though they were in the classroom. This announcement means that more of our historic villages will be able to benefit from the same services. Because we are now reaching some of the most rural areas, the residents and businesses will really see the benefits of not having to drive in order to carry out the most basic of tasks – so the project will benefit the environment as well!”
More than 58,000 Warwickshire premises now have access to faster fibre broadband as a result of the CSW Broadband roll-out. When BT’s own commercial investment in fibre broadband is taken into account, the figure rises to more than 241,000, of which more than 227,000 households and businesses can access superfast speeds of 24 megabits (Mbps) and above. According to independent website, thinkbroadband.com, superfast speeds are now available to more than 92 per cent of Warwickshire premises.
Colin Bannon, Chair of BT’s West Midlands regional board, said: “Shakespeare and the Romans had great vision so I’m sure they would have appreciated the huge opportunities offered by superfast broadband! The pace of the CSW Broadband roll-out is enabling the partnership to bring the benefits of this exciting technology to even more people, regardless of where they live. From Little Shuckburgh to Stratford-upon-Avon, we’re extending the reach of the technology across the county to ensure more households and businesses can benefit. Whether you’re running a small business, working from home, or a family wanting to connect several devices to the internet at the same time, everything is easier, better and faster with fibre broadband.”
Because the fibre broadband network is being installed by Openreach – the local network business which is part of BT Group – households and businesses have a wide choice of fibre broadband providers. Upgrades do not happen automatically. Residents and businesses wanting to benefit need to place an order with their chosen fibre broadband provider. Openreach uses its existing underground ducting wherever possible, minimising disruption and the need to dig up roads and pavements.
Updates on the roll-out are available from: www.cswbroadband.org.uk