Isle broadband start date is broadly welcomed

An engineer installing fibre optic cabling for broadband.

An engineer installing fibre optic cabling for broadband.

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High-speed fibre broadband is finally on its way to the Isle - with exact locations to be confirmed on Monday.

The £5.7 million deal with BT for across Isle of Axholme villages is a slice of a total £9 million for the whole of North Lincolnshire.

It will mean a 24-meg service, a speed as quick as most urban areas.

Instrumental in the introduction of fibre broadband has been MP Andrew Percy who has welcomed the final stage in the process, which should see the area up and running by 2015.

He said: “It is fantastic news that the Isle has been acknowledged as a priority area for the delivery of superfast broadband.

“Many residents have been in touch with me about this issue, and now with the benefit of a £9 million grant, and the support of councillor Liz Redfern and North Lincolnshire Council we can deliver.

“Both residents and businesses will benefit from these improvements and it will certainly be a boost to our local economy.”

NLC leader Coun Redfern added: “The Government has really listened to Isle residents by delivering on our campaign for faster broadband. Andrew has been brilliant by raising our plight with ministers.”