Superfast internet comes to Belford with new upgrades

Superfast arrives in Belford
Superfast arrives in Belford
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The iNorthumberland team will be visiting Belford to explain why faster broadband is good news as the village is switched on to superfast.

Around 850 homes and businesses in the village can now access the high-speed, fibre technology, with more than 500 able to access superfast speeds and further upgrades to follow in the coming weeks.

Members of the iNorthumberland team will be visiting Bell View Community Centre tomorrow, between 10am and noon, to demonstrate the benefits that the new technology will bring.

Coun David Ledger, chairman of Arch, the Northumberland Development Company, and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Fibre broadband has an essential role to play in boosting the local economy and building a more prosperous future for Northumberland.

“Broadband speed is a subject close to the heart of many living and working in this area, so it’s great news that people in Belford can now choose to place an order with the internet provider of their choice and connect to this exciting technology.”

One local business looking forward to benefitting from the uplift in speed is Belford Golf Club.

Manager Carly Clarke said: “We offer free wifi throughout the club for both members and the public visiting the clubhouse. These days, with so many people having smartphones and devices, they expect to be able to get it. But at the moment, if more than five people are on our network, it becomes frustratingly slow and we run the risk of people complaining and going elsewhere.”