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Silver surfers get a helping hand with new faster broadband

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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SILVER surfers across the Forest of Dean will get the chance to make full use of the new speedy internet.

The roll out of Fastershire, the project bringing new faster broadband across the area, has been progressing well over the past few months.

However not everyone is making full use of it. Residents who needed a bit of extra help went to the new Computer Club held at the Mitcheldean library on Monday.

Last month Coleford saw the arrival of the new fibre broadband in the community. Since then five new fibre cabinets have been placed in and around the area. This has given 2,000 homes broadband and businesses access to fibre broadband.

Since then the Fastershire team have switched on six cabinets in Cinderford, one in Lydbrook and five in Whitecroft giving another 4,000 homes and businesses access to faster broadband.

Gloucestershrie County Council and Herefordshire County Council are running the rol-out, delivered by BT.

Over the coming months more households across the region will be welcoming the service.

This is because not all cabinets in an exchange area go live at once.

Those living in these areas can use the line checker see whether they can get fibre broadband yet, by visiting fastershire.com

Drybrook will be the next community to benefit, with the first cabinet set to go live this month meaning the first homes and businesses in Drybrook can expect to be able to order fibre broadband by the end of January.

Jackie Fraser, district councillor for Mitcheldean and Drybrook, said: “It is excellent that the club took place on Monday. Faster broadband will help rural areas like many parts of the Forest.

“I have only had broadband for the past four years as have many people, therefore some people will lack in certain skills. It is good that the library has recognised this and put this club on, so people can catch up.”

Many businesses will be helped by the improvements, although for some it might mean updating archaic technology.

Owen Adams who works at The Forest Bookshop in St John’s Street, Coleford, said: “The faster broadband may make a small different to us, but we do use an old computer.”

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