AN extra 5,000 Isle of Wight homes and businesses are set to benefit from superfast broadband provided by BT.
Shanklin will be included in the company's £2.5bn nationwide roll-out of high-speed fibre broadband, it announced this week, taking the total number of Island premises able to access the service to 50,000.
Internet speed in the town will be upgraded by the end of next spring.
BT's south east regional director John Weaver said: "This latest investment is a further vote of confidence in the future success of the Isle of Wight.
"It will be an important part of our economic revival as we shrug off the effects of the downturn and create a more prosperous future.
"Fast, sophisticated communications are the cornerstone of a successful community, helping local people to build their skills and knowledge and encouraging the creation of new businesses and jobs."
Isle of Wight Council leader Cllr David Pugh said: "We welcome BT’s decision to bring high-speed fibre broadband to Shanklin.
"Connecting more homes and businesses to better, faster broadband is a key part of our vision to promote growth, maintain and create jobs and attract new investment from the private sector."
BT’s local network business, Openreach, will be installing a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies, which offer speeds many times faster than the current UK average.
It means internet users can do much more online — including downloading films, watching TV, surfing the net and playing games — all at the same time. A whole music album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature-length HD movie in less than 10 minutes.
In Yarmouth community-based broadband company, Yarmouth Broadband, is offering three months free broadband service to residents.
The firm is also offering a free check with a local technician and free connection for new customers as part of the deal.
If 200 people sign-up for the service, the company say the cost of the broadband connection will be reduced for all customers and Yarmouth Broadband will make donations to local schools.
Graham Biss, managing director of Natural Enterprise, the not for profit company behind Yarmouth Broadband, said: "Nationally, it is acknowledged how difficult it is to establish a community-based rural broadband service and therefore we are delighted to be one of only a handful operating successfully."
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