More areas to get fast broadband

Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council

Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council

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More rural areas are set to benefit from the roll-out of superfast broadband after a deal was struck.

County Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, has appointed BT plc to roll out the faster connection to more of the county’s remote areas.

The Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) is a £250m investment from the Government to extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by the end of 2017, by installing fibre optics.

Lancashire was given £3.84m on the agreement it would match fund to a total of £7.68m, and each authority was asked to choose a provider.

In Lancashire, areas to benefit include Warton, Elswick, Little Eccleston and Freckleton.

It is expected that once the works is completed, 99 per cent of Lancashire will have access to superfast broadband speeds.