More than 6,000 businesses in Derbyshire will now have access to super-fast fibreoptic broadband as part of a £28 million partnership.
The speedy net connections have been delivered by the £27.67 million Digital Derbyshire project by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with BT, as part of a Government rollout.
Areas including Bolsover and Alfreton have already been connected, but work on the Grindleford exchange is set to give faster internet to 1,600 properties in Hathersage, Grindleford and Hope Valley by the autumn.
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for the economy, said: “Whether it’s for business, shopping, education or socialising, the internet plays such a huge part of daily life for many of us and that will only grow in the future.
“That’s why we’re driving this project to extend access to fibre broadband to more than 95% of Derbyshire’s businesses and residents by the end of 2016.
“This investment will open up endless business and leisure opportunities and will help to boost our rural areas, support economic growth and allow local communities to continue to thrive.”