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Sky internet problems in North Herts and Bedfordshire

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Residents of North Hertfordshire and parts of Bedfordshire are suffering from internet problems. Sky Broadband has announced on its website that repair works are underway because of problems affecting Broadband, Talk and Fibre Broadband services. On social media customers have been complaining about internet problems in towns in North Hertfordshire and parts of Bedfordshire.

In Mercury land there are issues to Stotfold, Hexton, Shefford, Baldock and Letchworth GC. There are also fibre broadband issues in Shefford, Baldock, Hexton, Letchworth GC and Stotfold. The website says that repair work is currently underway and it is likely to continue throughout the afternoon.

Engineers are currently working to repair the broken fibre cables between Luton and Dunstable.

A spokesperson for Sky said: “We’re working on fixing the problem and we’ll provide an update on this page once we’ve discovered what is causing the fault.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

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References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Two men charged with Stevenage murder (www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk)

20000 more homes and firms now have superfast broadband

10:08 Wednesday 29 June 2016

A web scheme to get our county connected has hit its target, with 92 per cent of homes and firms now linked to superfast broadband networks. Connected Counties is a partnership between Herts County Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Bucks County Council, focused on extending fibre broadband coverage to hard-to-reach areas of the county. It means residents and businesses have fast and reliable upload and download speeds and can access a wide range of online services.

The scheme began in 2014, and a second contract has now been agreed to extend it to 30,000 additional homes and business premises by June 2018. Council bosses stressed that the scheme was both on time and under budget. Bill Murphy, of BT who delivered the project, said: The arrival of this exciting technology is a major boost for local communities because whatever you do online you can do it better with fibre broadband.

90% Of Bucks On Super-Fast Broadband

90% of homes and businesses in Buckinghamshire now have broadband, after a huge project across the county.

And that’s being celebrated because most of this was done on-schedule and was cheaper than expected. High speed broadband is an essential for modern life, which is why BTVLEP has made it one of its top priorities. So much so that the Connected Counties project, a partnership involving Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire County Councils, Herts and Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnerships, Buckinghamshire Business First and BT, has achieved 100% of its targets for the first phase of rollout of superfast broadband to cover 90% of premises in Buckinghamshire.

Not only that, this rollout to more than 45,000 homes and businesses in Buckinghamshire was achieved on schedule and under budget. Michael Garvey, Board Member of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and Joint Chairman of the Connected Counties Broadband Project Board, said:

“We are delighted with the progress of the roll-out of broadband across Buckinghamshire as high speed fibre broadband is essential if local businesses are to remain competitive.

“As one of the most productive economies in the country we want to continue to provide the conditions for businesses to thrive at the beating heart of the national economy.”

90% Of Bucks On Super-Fast Broadband

What do businesses think?

Superfast broadband provides many economic and social benefits, including job creation, online education, remote health care, support for intelligent transport and mobility and so much more. One businessman who has seen the impact of superfast broadband is Simon Clark a consultant for the oil and gas industry living in Whiteleaf, Buckinghamshire who said:

“I made contact with the Connected Counties team to see if we were going to be upgraded as part of their programme.

“Thankfully it was and now we get an amazing 75Mbps download speed, which is more than 12 times faster than what I had before, it’s amazing.”

Philippa Batting, Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First, said:

“Buckinghamshire has one the largest concentration of small businesses in the country, many of whom work from home or are in rural areas so it is essential that we work together to ensure all businesses across the county can benefit from superfast broadband.

“Thanks to the Connected Counties programme delivered by Buckinghamshire Business First on behalf of Buckinghamshire County Council and local partners, we now have plans in place for almost 95% of the county to receive superfast broadband.”

‘An essential, not a luxury’

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said:

“High speed broadband is a modern life essential, not a luxury, for every resident and business.

“That’s why it continues to be one of the County Council’s top priorities.

“It’s good to see that we’ve made great progress connecting residents and businesses in areas that commercial providers would otherwise consider uneconomical, but there’s more work to do to ensure that everyone has access.”

More on the project

90% Of Bucks On Super-Fast Broadband

The Connected Counties Broadband partnership started connecting the first premises in Buckinghamshire to fibre broadband as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme just over two years ago. Since then, engineers from Openreach, BT’s network business, have installed over 200 new road-side cabinets across Buckinghamshire to facilitate coverage across the county. Bill Murphy Managing Director of Next Generation access for BT, said:

“The achievement of this key milestone shows the great progress that has been made by the Connected Counties partnership.

“This highly successful partnership is overcoming the engineering challenges posed by a rural area to get superfast fibre broadband to some of the county’s most remote locations.

“The arrival of this exciting technology is a major boost for local communities because whatever you do online you can do it better with fibre broadband.”

With this momentum in place the project now has plans in place for 95% of the county to receive superfast broadband by 2017.

This second rollout of superfast broadband in Buckinghamshire will start later this year and we are working to extend coverage via the Government’s Superfast Extension Programme (SEP), supported by a package of local funding.

To see if superfast is available in your area, use the Connected Counties availability checker.1

90% Of Bucks On Super-Fast Broadband

References

  1. ^ Are you connected? (www.connectedcounties.org)