Superfast broadband for homes and businesses in Derbyshire is on its way

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More than 1,600 homes and businesses in Derbyshire will be connected to superfast broadband, it has been announced.

Some eight miles of fibre optic cable are being laid to upgrade the Grindleford Exchange.

The work will provide faster internet connections to areas including Hathersage, Grindleford and Hope Valley. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

It forms part of the £27.67 million Digital Derbyshire project led by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with the UK Government and BT, which aims to provide more than 95 per cent of the county’s businesses and residents with access to fibre-based broadband by the end of 2016.

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “This investment in superfast broadband 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.”

The first new broadband cabinets went live in Bolsover earlier this month as part of the roll-out of the Digital Derbyshire project.