Gloucestershire residents must wait for fibre broadband

Tuesday, November 19th 2013
Residents in the Gloucestershire town of Bradley Stoke have discovered they will have to wait until the end of the year to be connected to fibre optic broadband.
Gloucestershire residents must wait for fibre broadband
Residents in an area of South Gloucestershire that suffers from some of the slowest broadband speeds in the county have discovered they must continue to wait for a fibre optic service.

After putting back the completion date several times, service provider BT is yet to introduce fibre optic broadband access to the town of Bradley Stoke. It has now set a new date of December 31st 2013 for the first connections to go live.

According to the Bradley Stoke Journal, homes and businesses in the town have seen many other nearby communities benefit from next-generation access as a result of an upgrade at the Filton exchange, which was announced by BT in April 2011.

But the town quickly discovered it was not in the coverage area of BT's initial rollout, meaning residents had to sit and watch as their connectivity was overtaken by neighbouring towns and villages.

BT finally announced it would upgrade a new exchange in Bradley Stoke where Baileys Court Road and Ellan Hay Road meet. Work began on the project in August and residents were told that the first properties would be connected in September, but as yet not a single premises has gone live.

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