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Rural South Gloucestershire residents celebrate arrival of superfast broadband
Superfast broadband has been introduced to Yate and Old Sodbury.
Homes and businesses in two areas of South Gloucestershire are celebrating the arrival of fibre optic broadband after local cabinets were upgraded as part of Super Switch-on Day (December 18th 2013).
Yate and Old Sodbury have been introduced to a next-generation service thanks to a rollout project that is a collaboration between BT, South Gloucestershire Council and Wiltshire Council.
Funding for the upgrade came from the Broadband Delivery UK initiative, which has seen £35.6 million invested in bringing fibre broadband to corners of the UK that have not been considered commercially viable by private sector firms.
Chair of South Gloucestershire Council's Resources Sub-Committee John Goddard explained that he expected the new service to bring widespread benefits in the area in both social and economic terms - with residents and business owners keen to take advantage of improved connectivity.
He commented: "Super Switch-on Day will come as a welcome boost for the economic prosperity of yet more of our local businesses and communities in South Gloucestershire who will soon have access to superfast broadband."