HUNDREDS of people will be able to benefit from better broadband after new equipment was installed on the Isle of Wight.
An Isle of Wight Council spokesman said the first cabinet had been installed as part of a multi-million pound rural broadband programme, allowing people to sign up for faster, fibre broadband.
More than 240 people could benefit from the new equipment in Shorwell.
IT worker David Lumley said: "This will make a massive difference for both myself and my wife. We are big internet users and this will enable us to work faster and more efficiently."
Crown Inn landlady Pamela Wynn, said: "This project will give us the opportunity to confidently expand the business in terms of offering business meetings and small conferences, which require full internet and wi-fi."
The project is a collaboration between BT and the Isle of Wight Council. The council is investing £2.4 million, which has been match-funded by the government, while BT is contributing £2.7 million.
Other communities due to benefit soon include Gurnard, Whippingham, Brighstone and Merstone.