FLEETWOOD is to get in the fast lane with high-speed broadband by the end of the year.
The superspeed internet connection is seen as a boost for businesses as well as families who want to download movies, games and pictures at high speed.
Chairman of Fleetwood Chamber of Trade, Derek Eaton, said: “It’s great news.
“It improves the service and shows Fleetwood is continuing to come into the real world.
“It has to be good for the town.
“For most people it will just make things faster.”
Among those looking forward to the service is Okkan Can who runs kaNex Computer Repairs on Lord Street.
He said: “It’s going to make a big difference because it’s very fast – 10 times faster than normal.
“Normal broadband speed changes depending how many people are logged on, but there won’t a drop in service with high speed.
“I download a lot of things and this will make it much quicker.
“I live in Preston where they have high speed broadband and the difference is very great.”
Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said: “The arrival of fibre broadband is a massive shot in the arm for the local economy, creating new businesses, jobs and educational opportunities.
“The benefits are major and wide ranging. As our new fibre network expands across the region it also brings new potential for offering essential public services on-line and cost savings across the sectors.
“Local firms and households who make the switch to fibre broadband will be able to do so much more with their connection, whether they’re using it for business, entertainment, education, social networking or shopping.”
Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, added: “Fast broadband is an essential tool for local businesses.
“I’ve no doubt it will be a catalyst for the creation of new jobs.
“It will also benefit local families, whether they’re using the technology for social networking, entertainment or education.”
BT Openreach has announced it will soon be building the first fibre-optic broadband installation on Ash Street, Fleetwood, which will serve 256 homes.
It is part of a £2.5m nationwide expansion of the network.
Users of the system will be able to perform multiple tasks at the same time such as download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the net and play games
A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes,
High quality voice and video calls mean businesses can keep in touch with customers while they cut down on travel.