Halton speeding ahead with 96% high-speed fibre broadband coverage

Connecting Cheshire has now reached more than 7,500 additional home and business premises across Halton giving them access to high speed fibre broadband, taking the area’s total coverage to 96 per cent.

To date 43 additional new roadside fibre cabinets have been installed in Halton by Connecting Cheshire, a Partnership between Halton, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington Borough Councils and BT.

Investment has been made throughout the borough, covering Runcorn, Widnes and more rural areas such as Hale and Moore.

When commercial companies’ rollouts are added to the Connecting Cheshire additions to the network in Halton, the combined fibre broadband coverage for Halton is 96 per cent of premises.

To check availability in your area you can visit the Connecting Cheshire website and enter a postcode or a telephone number – www.connectingcheshire.org.uk/check-availability
The Leader of Halton Council, Cllr Rob Polhill, said: “The additional broadband coverage we have brought to Halton is already making a big impact and helping to keep our businesses competitive, including Astmoor Industrial Estate.

“More coverage is coming soon in our phase two roll-out so that we can reach even more premises, especially those in our industrial areas, I urge everyone to check their availability and upgrade to superfast broadband as it offers many fantastic benefits for your home or business, and it could well be cheaper as the market is very competitive.”

Tony Morgan, BT’s contract director said, “High speed fibre broadband helps to keep communities connected and ensures that businesses thrive and don’t just survive. Since 2007 BT has laid the foundations of the network for local authorities like Halton to build on. People and businesses in Halton are increasingly taking the opportunities that this transforming technology offers.  And the Openreach engineers have worked closely with Halton to create more and more of those opportunities.”

Connection does not happen automatically and people must contact their communication provider – there are more than 140 of them across the UK – to order the service.