Andrew has today expressed his delight at the news that BT will be upgrading the New Mills exchange to handle Super-fast broadband of up to 40Mbps.

New Mills is one of the latest communities to benefit from BT's £2.5 billion roll-out plans for super-fast broadband, with the latest announcement including 156 communities across the UK.

Super-fast broadband, using ‘fibre to street cabinet’ technology (FTTC), offers much faster download speeds of up to 40Mbps, potentially rising to 60Mbps, and upstream speeds of 10Mbps, which could rise to 15Mbps in the future.

Super-fast broadband benefits include users being able to send and receive large amounts of data much more quickly and efficiently and having the ability to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time.

Commenting on the announcement, Andrew said, “I'm absolutely delighted that BT are going to upgrade the New Mills exchange. I've been campaigning for faster broadband in the High Peak ever since I was elected, and I'm really pleased that my persistence has paid off and that New Mills residents will benefit.

“Faster broadband in New Mills will not only help residents, but will also be hugely beneficial to local businesses, allowing them to save time and money, and also making New Mills a more attractive place to start a business.

“I will continue to campaign for faster internet access across the rest of the High Peak, especially in the rural areas that currently have internet speeds no faster than dial-up.”

With Super-fast broadband a music track can be downloaded in about two seconds, a whole music album in 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in ten minutes. Upload speeds are the fastest in the UK, allowing large videos and data files to be sent almost instantly and activities, such as uploading hi-resolution photos to Facebook, to be completed in seconds.

BT's local network business Openreach expects to make super-fast fibre broadband available to two thirds of the UK by the end of 2015 in the biggest single investment in super-fast broadband ever undertaken in this country.

Paul Bimson, BT's partnership director, East Midlands, said: "The roll-out of super-fast broadband across the East Midlands is continuing to gather momentum. More than 100,000 homes and businesses in the region now have access to the benefits of this exciting technology and we expect to pass the half million mark next year.

“We want to make super-fast broadband available as widely as possible, but beyond our current commercial roll-out plans there are locations where we will need to work with the public sector to install the technology. We welcome the opportunity to talk to organisations such as local authorities about ensuring their communities are able to benefit as fully as possible.”

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