Better connections in line for Wooler

Superfast broadband has arrived in Wooler as part of the iNorthumberland programme.

Around 1,000 homes and businesses in the village now have access to the high-speed, fibre technology and that figure will increase to around 1,300 as engineers from BT’s network business, Openreach, complete more upgrades in the coming weeks.

The iNorthumberland investment was welcomed by Anthony Murray, councillor for Wooler, who described it as great news for the area.

He said: “Superfast fibre broadband in Wooler offers huge benefits to local residents and businesses and will help our local economy to flourish.

“Being in such a rural area, faster communications will help businesses to stimulate growth. And at home, residents can do more online at faster speeds and on multiple devices.

“Please remember the switchover to fibre broadband doesn’t happen automatically, you need to contact your internet service provider and register for it.

“It’s great news for Wooler and I hope people will take advantage of this wonderful new technology.”

The iNorthumberland broadband programme is delivered by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company and BT.

BT is contributing £2.9million towards fibre deployment in ‘non-commercial’ areas with Northumberland County Council investing £7million plus its £7 million share of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme.

The remaining £2million is coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Coun Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “This is an important step in the campaign to bring faster broadband speeds to every home, business and school in Northumberland.

“The community of Wooler should be proud that they are leading the way in the rural roll-out of fibre broadband and grasp all the benefits and opportunities this new technology can bring.”