WILTSHIRE Council and BT have confirmed that more than 5,000 additional homes and businesses across the county are to benefit from access to fibre broadband. Wiltshire Online, the partnership between Wiltshire Council, BT and the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme, has already made fibre broadband available to more than 83,000 homes and businesses across the county since it began in 2013. And households and businesses have been quick to take advantage of the faster broadband. More than a third of those able to access the new technology as a result of the Wiltshire Online roll-out have already opted for an upgrade.
This high demand has resulted in ?2.8 million being reinvested in the programme to further increase fibre broadband coverage in communities across the county. The high level plans are available at a postcode level on the Wiltshire Online website. Welcoming the announcement, John Thomson, Wiltshire Council deputy leader and cabinet member for broadband, said yesterday: “Wiltshire is a great place to do business and having fibre broadband to match means more people can now benefit from the right technology in a fast paced world. We are working hard towards 100 percent coverage across Wiltshire.
“I’m delighted that more homes and businesses will now have broadband which will make such a positive difference to people’s business and home lives.”
Richard Leeding, BT’s programme manager, said: “This extension is great news for those communities in Wiltshire not included in the current fibre roll-out programme.
“Superfast broadband has a huge impact on the way we live. It helps business to move, act and trade quickly and effectively. It enables school children to access their homework online, as well as offering households better access to e-commerce, essential online services, social media and home entertainment.
For all of these things, superfast broadband is a huge boost.”
The Wiltshire Online programme is making the high-speed technology available in areas which fall outside the private sector’s commercial roll-out of fibre broadband.
More information about the programme can be found at Wiltshire Council’s Wiltshire Online website www.wiltshireonline.org
The objectives for each are:
o To improve connectivity and provision of broadband access for the businesses and citizens of Wiltshire
o To increase the range, take-up and usage of online services by the public to access council services
o To work alongside communities to ensure that everyone has opportunities to become digitally literate and confident users of technology
For more information visit www.wiltshireonline.org
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Since our move to Royal Wootton Bassett in 2015 we thought we should look for some ways to help the local community. Etherlive has always had an active community programme and much of this has been in education including working with organisations such as Young Enterprise, Bath University, Bristol University, Bucks New University and several Wiltshire schools & colleges.
Whilst continuing to support a range of activities we thought a locally focussed IT Drop-In Centre could be of benefit to those living in the area. This free service is open to all members of the local community and will offer advice and support on personal IT issues. This can range from assistance in removing malware and viruses from a laptop to advice on social media privacy and online safety. You can get to learn the key points on how to safely use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn; or perhaps it is applications like BBC iPlayer and All 4 that you would like help with. Got some questions about your home Wi-Fi or broadband? We are experts in this area! We ll cater for complete new starters and the more experienced.
No pre-booking is required just drop in any time from 5pm until 8pm during one of the monthly sessions and chat to our friendly engineers who deal with troubleshooting problems everyday. Bring along your laptop or tablet and we will do what we can to help whilst you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and discuss the ups and downs of the modern world of technology with our friendly and helpful staff. The first of these monthly sessions will be held in our offices in Royal Wootton Bassett on Thursday March 17th from 5pm onwards. More details can be found on our community page1.