High speed web roll out for town

Peter Connor (right), BT regional manager for Lancashire and the North West.
Peter Connor (right), BT regional manager for Lancashire and the North West.
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HIGH speed broadband is being rolled out across the resort to provide a surge to small businesses.

The BT and Lancashire County Council project will see Central Blackpool and South Shore hooked up to the super fast internet connection by 2013.

Thousands of homes and businesses will have access to the new speed once the £2.5bn project is completed.

And Peter Connor, regional manager for Lancashire and the North West, says the benefits to businesses on the Fylde coast are set to be vast.

He said: “This will go into the heartland of Blackpool and South Shore and will make a difference to tourism and other major industries in Blackpool.

“Businesses will be able to expand their trade, not only in the UK, but across the world.

“The way Blackpool promotes itself as a major tourism destination will start to improve as businesses work together.

“It’s a really exciting and it’s not only the businesses who will benefit from stripping out costs and access to a global market.”

Blackpool joins Kirkham and Lytham in receiving the broadband, which BT claim could provide a £143m boost to the town’s economy, create 225 new jobs and 140 new businesses within 15 years.

Mr Connor added: “There’s a tremendous amount of work being done in Blackpool with the whole regeneration side of things, but this will attract more businesses to the area.

“If they want to, businesses can operate as a huge company to increase supply chains.”

Coun Geoff Driver, head of Lancashire County Council, is working alongside BT to oversee the project.

He added: “As part of the £32m public investment in the project, the county council has also created a £500,000 community fund to help reach the most remote premises and ensure improved speeds across the whole county.

“Everyone recognises the importance of super-fast broadband, for its contribution to the economy and potential to create new businesses and jobs, and many other aspects of modern life. 

“In the longer-term it’s essential people and organisations take up this exciting technology and make the most of the new network.”