Faster internet reaches Ilkeston

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Ilkeston has benefited from a £27 million project to roll out high-speed fibre-broadband in Derbyshire.

The Digital Derbyshire project, led by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with BT, means that more than 6,000 businesses and homes are now able to sign up and connect to fibre-broadband.

Since launching in April, Digital Derbyshire has provided businesses and homes in areas of Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Alfreton with access to fibre-broadband and plans to expand even further in the coming months.

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “Whether it’s for business, shopping, education or socialising, the internet plays such a huge part of daily life for many of us and that will only grow in the future. That’s why we’re driving this project to extend access to fibre broadband to more than 95 per cent of Derbyshire’s businesses and residents by the end of 2016.

“This investment will open up endless business and leisure opportunities.”