Motre than 10,000 people back the Onlincolnshire project

The Onlincolnshire project is celebrating having reached an important milestone.

More than 10,000 people in Lincolnshire have now backed their plans to improve broadband speeds across the county.

Coun Kelly Smith, Executive Member for Finance and HR, said: “There’s clearly a lot of support for the project across the county. Good broadband is vital for business growth, for all residents accessing services and for young people looking to download learning materials. That’s why the county council is investing £10m in this project, with a further £4m coming from the district authorities and £300,000 from the European Regional Development Fund.

“Now we’ve had the green light from the EU, we can get on with making the improvements happen. We’re still ahead of most other authorities, and we’ve been working with potential private-sector partners since the summer. We hope to have the contracts signed before the end of March. That means we should be out there making improvements from early summer next year.”

The county council aims to bring superfast broadband to 90 per cent of properties by 2015, with a guarantee of at least standard broadband for the remaining 10 per cent.

People can show their support for the Onlincolnshire campaign online at www.onlincolnshire.org or they can call 01522 782066.