Superfast broadband jobs boost hope

High-speed broadband is on the way to Matlock
High-speed broadband is on the way to Matlock

Super-fast broadband is winging its way to Matlock, with the hope it will boost rural businesses and create new jobs.

BT has announced Matlock is to be among the next wave of towns to receive high–speed fibre broadband as part of a £2.5 billion roll-out.

The communications company plans to bring the facility to 20,000 homes and businesses in Matlock, Ashbourne, Bolsover and Pinxton during 2013.

Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin has hailed the news as a triumph for the area.

“Complaints about slow and unreliable broadband are one of the most common complaints I receive from constituents now,” he explained.

“I have been pressing BT about the problem for some time, so this is very good news.

“BT has also explained to me that the service will be available no matter which company supplies your broadband service.

“I believe this will also be a big advantage for businesses in the area, and encourage rural diversification, which is very important.”

Business leaders hope the broadband will mean a boost for the economy.

Paul Bimson, BT regional partnership director for the East Midlands, said: “The arrival of fibre broadband in Derbyshire is a massive shot in the arm for the local economy, creating new businesses, jobs and educational opportunities.

“The benefits are major and wide ranging.

“As our new fibre network expands across the county it also brings new potential for offering essential public services on-line and cost savings across the sectors.

“Local firms and households who make the switch to fibre broadband will be able to do so much more with their connection, whether they’re using it for business, entertainment, education, social networking or shopping – or all of these at once.

“They’re joining more than ten million premises now passed by our fibre network and becoming part of one of the fastest roll–outs of the technology anywhere in the world.”

By next spring 2013 BT aims to make speeds of 330Mbps commercially available in any area where fibre broadband has been deployed.

The faster speed means that a customer could download an album off the internet in 30 seconds, or a feature length high definition movie in just 10 minutes.