High speed broadband for South Yorkshire town

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High-speed ‘fibre’ broadband internet is being made available to thousands of homes and businesses in a South Yorkshire town.

More than 4,600 local households and firms are joining the high-speed revolution and engineers are to complete the work in the coming weeks.

It is being carried out by BT in Penistone, near Barnsley.

The improvements follow similar projects in other locations around South Yorkshire, such as Barnsley, Wombwell and Cudworth where high speed broadband is already available.

Goldthorpe is also due to be upgraded by the end of Spring 2014.

In total, more than 85,800 homes and businesses in and around Barnsley will be able to benefit from the upgrade which is the result of BT’s £2.5 billion fibre roll-out programme.

The improved communications have been welcomed by Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith.

She said: “This is great news for residents and businesses in Penistone.

“More people are using the internet for their daily activities and this will provide them with quicker access to services.

“It’ll also give businesses an advantage and will hopefully encourage others to think about creating new businesses in the area.”

BT said it hoped that the better broadband will help businesses.

Tom Keeney, BT regional director, said: “Our fibre network is expanding rapidly across South Yorkshire, bringing a boost for economies wherever it goes.

“Research suggests that within 15 years, fibre broadband could bolster the economy of a typical town by £143 million and create 225 new jobs, 140 new businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers.”