Lincolnshire areas chosen for broadband pilot

Three areas in Lincolnshire have been chosen to pilot new technologies which could lead to 90% of the county receiving superfast broadband.

The county council has been given £300,000 of European funding to get the first pilot under way by September.

It is the first stage of a project to upgrade the county's broadband network with fibre optic cables.

The three rural areas which have been selected are the Wolds, the Coast area and Fens.

David O'Connor, of Lincolnshire County Council, said: "There is going to be an upgrade of the exchange in Louth and we are going to test how public sector money can add to the roll out of private sector investment there."

He added there was "very low coverage" in Ingoldmells, with an estimated 1% of people in the area having access to 2MB per second of broadband.

"It would be a real boost to our economy if people bring businesses to Lincolnshire that rely on the internet so we don't have to build lots of roads or infrastructure to support them," he said.

The pilot scheme is expected to last for 20-24 months.

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