Hertfordshire homes and business to benefit from faster internet

Thousands of homes and businesses will benefit from faster internet speeds.

Thousands of homes and businesses will benefit from faster internet speeds.

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Thousands of homes and businesses should benefit from faster internet speeds.

The £18.06 million partnership Connected Counties, made up of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire county councils and BT, says it will make faster internet available to more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses by March 2016.

The Hertfordshire part of the programme was granted £1.1 million by the Government as part of its national 'Superfast Britain’ scheme, and Hertfordshire County Council has matched the contribution.

More than 60,000 homes and businesses in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire will receive superfast broadband through the programme.

Cllr Andrew Stevenson, Hertfordshire’s deputy cabinet member for enterprise, education and skills, said: “It is excellent that Hertfordshire has been able to benefit from the Government’s nationwide rollout of superfast broadband, which has helped to underpin Hertfordshire's infrastructure and connectivity.

"Having superfast broadband is important for both families and businesses. For families, having faster speeds means members can all use the internet at the same time, whether they are steaming films or TV shows, using it to stay in touch with others or using for leisure activities such as playing games online.

“Commerce in the county will also benefit from Connected Counties – the first businesses at Maylands Business Parks in Hemel Hempstead are already able to access superfast broadband as part of the scheme, and a rollout at Centennial Park in Elstree is underway.”

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10:12am Mon 11 Aug 14

triedandtrusted says...

only 60,000 thats only a small percentage of hertfordshire and buckinghamshire maybe about 2%
only 60,000 thats only a small percentage of hertfordshire and buckinghamshire maybe about 2% triedandtrusted
  • Score: 1

10:29am Mon 11 Aug 14

triedandtrusted says...

1,116,062. thats how many residents live in herts so 60,000 homes is not good enough is it take into account Bucks 627,053 and it will be less than 1% so all that money for so few who is making a profit out of providing a service to less than 1% of the population
1,116,062. thats how many residents live in herts so 60,000 homes is not good enough is it take into account Bucks 627,053 and it will be less than 1% so all that money for so few who is making a profit out of providing a service to less than 1% of the population triedandtrusted
  • Score: 1

10:52am Mon 11 Aug 14

TFEB says...

It reads as an additional 60,000 homes and business that have been reached by the program. So it looks like the other 88% will be provided business as usual.
It reads as an additional 60,000 homes and business that have been reached by the program. So it looks like the other 88% will be provided business as usual. TFEB
  • Score: -1

11:45am Mon 11 Aug 14

mamu2939 says...

Since I moved into the Studio Way estate in December 2011, I had been used to BT infinity from my last home at 30 megs, but here I'm too far from the exchange to receive anything more than 2mbps and uploads of 1, fed up with this 3 months ago changed to cable and now I usually get 50 mbps and uploads of over 3. I have no regrets as I'm paying Virgin exactly the same I was paying for my lousy 2meg. As I'm streaming iplayer's more and more, I rarely have any buffering. Even at the busiest hours, I only get as low as 30mbps. I'm very happy now. BT and other wired services will have to do a lot more to compete with cable broadband.
Since I moved into the Studio Way estate in December 2011, I had been used to BT infinity from my last home at 30 megs, but here I'm too far from the exchange to receive anything more than 2mbps and uploads of 1, fed up with this 3 months ago changed to cable and now I usually get 50 mbps and uploads of over 3. I have no regrets as I'm paying Virgin exactly the same I was paying for my lousy 2meg. As I'm streaming iplayer's more and more, I rarely have any buffering. Even at the busiest hours, I only get as low as 30mbps. I'm very happy now. BT and other wired services will have to do a lot more to compete with cable broadband. mamu2939
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Mon 11 Aug 14

triedandtrusted says...

I have to say i have had numerous complaints about BT and their affinity. As you said too slow. Not worth the inflated price they charge for it I am with EE and no complaints and 1/4 of the price
I have to say i have had numerous complaints about BT and their affinity. As you said too slow. Not worth the inflated price they charge for it I am with EE and no complaints and 1/4 of the price triedandtrusted
  • Score: 2

4:09pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Markcr0 says...

BT's fibre broadband is a complete farce! It's not fibre to the home unless you pay them £8K to provide it, then it will blow Virgin out of the water! But me thinks I'll keep the £8K and stick with Virgin.
BT's fibre broadband is a complete farce! It's not fibre to the home unless you pay them £8K to provide it, then it will blow Virgin out of the water! But me thinks I'll keep the £8K and stick with Virgin. Markcr0
  • Score: 5

4:57pm Mon 11 Aug 14

triedandtrusted says...

BT stands for Blooming terrible I do not know how they get away with their very misleading adverts Money talks louder than honesty
BT stands for Blooming terrible I do not know how they get away with their very misleading adverts Money talks louder than honesty triedandtrusted
  • Score: 1

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