ILKESTON will miss out on being one of the first towns in the country to have super fast broadband despite the fact that neighbouring towns will be upgraded by 2012.
Long Eaton, Ripley, Heanor and Beeston will all have the improved connection installed this year or next as part of a BT Openreach programme announced last week.
The move is good news for people in Long Eaton but will come as a blow to Ilkeston as the upgrade will benefit businesses – helping to encourage new firms into the town.
But a BT spokesman said the scheme could be extended to similar towns such as Ilkeston in the future but would need the support of local authorities.
He told the Advertiser: “We will continue to announce sites for further homes and businesses during the year. We strongly welcome input and support from local authorities in this process.
“The deployment of Next Generation Access to the 41 market towns announced last week will allow us to gain valuable insight into the economics and technology challenges of deploying fibre to smaller exchange areas.
“It is likely that we will extend to other market towns with similar characteristics in future phases.”
When the upgrade from copper wiring to fibre optics is made it will mean a song can be downloaded in two seconds and an album in 30 and will help businesses by giving them much faster internet access.