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The Connecting Cheshire Partnership is made up of the 4 local authorities across Cheshire – Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington borough councils.

Connecting Cheshire is an award-winning partnership and is amongst the best performing broadband delivery projects in the UK. The Partnership was established to deliver faster broadband to areas where it had not been commercially viable to invest previously, in particular our outlying and rural communities. The first three phases of our roll-out were delivered in partnership with Openreach and saw almost £39m funding invested to reach an additional 106,000 premises; of which over 90,000 are now able to access superfast, or above speeds. The current phase, in partnership with Airband, is a £4.5 million project to roll out gigabit-capable, full-fibre broadband connectivity to over 4,000 properties across rural or hard-to-reach areas of Cheshire.

Currently over 96% of Cheshire premises can access speeds of 24Mbps or above, so as a Partnership we are actively exploring other initiatives to reach even more premises with faster broadband speeds in the near future.

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New Connecting Cheshire full fibre broadband project underway until March 2023

Responding to a tender invitation by the Partnership, Airband will be concentrating on the isolated and rural areas in Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester to bring gigabit-capable broadband to homes and businesses.

Redmond Peel, Founder and Director of Airband, said:

“We are excited to have won this contract. Our focus has always been on expanding and simplifying digital access for rural communities. With access to high-quality broadband fast becoming a human right, we can’t wait to get started building the network that will give residents of rural and hard-to-reach areas of Cheshire the connectivity they deserve.”

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “

“The fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) deal with Airband comes at a key time during the pandemic, to provide optimum connectivity to homeworkers and businesses across Cheshire East. The innovative methods to connect hard-to-reach and rural areas will certainly boost work productivity and streaming family entertainment services during national lockdown and beyond. Swifter internet services will help limit many of the frustrations people are facing now, juggling home and work life. It is crucial that everyone has sufficient internet at all hours to suit diverse working patterns and household needs.”

Look out for Airband’s engineers they’re currently in Malpas. We’ll keep you posted here as to where they go next.

Here comes Project Gigabit!

Homes and businesses in some of the most remote areas of Cheshire, Halton and Warrington are receiving more direct & targeted support from national government then ever before.

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