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High-Speed Broadband Made Available For Thousands

Thursday May 9 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

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."

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Reply Posted by Laura on Thursday May 9 2013 at 12:01
Brilliant! This is absolutely necessary for small businesses, start ups and entrepreneurs in the area. Without a decent broadband connection, those wishing to start up a business venture from their own home are already at a disadvantage, not just in relation to their ability to compete in the global market via e-commerce, but also in terms of their ability to make use of cloud storage for business documentation, making them more efficient and able to 'work anywhere'. As a Barnsley resident operating a business from home, and 'on the move' I am really delighted to hear this news.

Reply Posted by dj x on Thursday May 9 2013 at 14:57
That,s Great but at what cost not everyone can afford it.....

Reply Posted by Laura on Thursday May 9 2013 at 18:43
I was thinking of moving to Penistone, but the lack of decent internet service put me off. When it's installed I will reconsider.

Reply Posted by AlreadyFast on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 09:16
It will be interesting to see what BT's broadband rates will be compared to Virgin, there is always the chance as they will have the monopoly in some areas of elevating the prices. This might be fine for businesses who can afford it but not much use to Joe Public - and why Goldthorpe and not Barnsley Central Borough?

Reply Posted by jack on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 09:28
Because no one works in Goldthorpe, everyone will be sat at home, playing on their consoles and watching catch up tv on the net. even better excuse to sit at home all day...

Reply Posted by mick on Wednesday May 15 2013 at 09:54
Yes jack because barnsley town centre is full of hard working citizens isn't it?? If you count the chavs outside the interchange and the smackheads dealing and begging at the bottom of market street and let's not forget the drunks eh??? No, I'm not from Goldthorpe, but I'm not an "area snob" either. You can't tar everyone with the same brush.