Blackpool firms get internet superboost

Superfast braodband at Blackpool Business Park
Superfast braodband at Blackpool Business Park
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More than 150 organisations on a Blackpool Business Park have been given an internet boost as pressure grows for better broadband for the business community.

The firms on the Squires Gate site were hooked up to high speed fibre broadband after two high tech street cabinets were switched on both in Amy Johnson Way.

The boost is part of the £130m programme to give the county 97 per cent fibre broadband coverage by the end of next year – around 675,000 homes and businesses in total.

Earlier this month the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) which has its headquarters at Blackpool Business Park, called for Government to adopt much more ambitious targets for rolling out high speed broadband for businesses across the UK warning that many business parks had not got the fibre connection.

With an estimated 45,000 firms still on dial up, and many more struggling with speeds lower than two Megabits per second (Mbps), the FSB said it was clear that while the residential market may be seeing the benefits of high speed broadband, this is often not the case for the business community.

John Allan, FSB national chairman, said: “The fact we have around 45,000 businesses still on dial up is unacceptable and many more throughout the country, even in London, are receiving poor service.

“We want Government to oversee the creation of world-beating digital infrastructure that will enable businesses to grow, innovate and compete in international markets.

“This means not only raising download speeds but also upload speeds that are so important and where provision is especially inadequate.”

Chris Taplin of Rethink Design of Victoria Road East Thornton, which produce graphics and websites for businesses said that access to fibre broadband was vital.

He said: “One of the key problems we had time issues with was in uploading things to the internet.

“Design jobs could take anything between one and three hours depending on the size of the files. Since we got fibre the times came down to around 15 minutes.

“We are just 10m from the Openreach cabinet in the street so now we get something like 40 MPs. Upload speeds are crucial to business and it was good to see these businesses get fibre broadband.”