BT has said 40,000 homes and businesses on the Isle of Wight could have high-speed fibre broadband next year.
The company said more than 7,500 firms and households in the Cowes area were due to benefit from improvements in the coming weeks, while exchanges in Ryde and Sandown were due to be upgraded by the end of the year.
The improvements are part of a £2.5 billion investment nationally and were welcomed by council leader Cllr David Pugh.
In a statement issued by BT he said: "Faster broadband speeds are essential nowadays for people to be able to access services online.
"This will provide a positive boost not only to residents but will also support local businesses and be a catalyst for further investment and jobs on the Island.
"The council has committed £3 million to help ensure the high standard of connectivity available in Cowes is also made available to residents and businesses in towns and villages across the Island."
Earlier this month Cowes-based company WightFibre announced
it had launched a 100mb fibre optic service for people in Cowes, Newport and Ryde.