HIGH-SPEED broadband is being made available for thousands of homes and businesses.

Over 4,600 local households and firms are joining the high-speed revolution - and engineers are set to complete the work in the coming weeks.

The work is being carried out by BT in Penistone.

Goldthorpe is also due to be upgraded by the end of spring 2014.

Tom Keeney, BT's regional director, said: “Research suggests that within 15 years, fibre broadband could bolster the economy of a typical town by £143 million and create 225 new jobs, 140 new businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers.”

In total, more than 85,800 homes and businesses in the borough will benefit from the upgrade, which is the result of BT’s £2.5 billion programme.

"This is great news," said MP Angela Smith. "It’ll also give businesses an advantage and will hopefully encourage others to think about creating new businesses in the area."