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Connecting Cheshire has reached a major milestone in its delivery of high-speed fibre broadband to communities across the county. The multi-million-pound partnership has just installed its landmark 500th fibre broadband cabinet.

It is the seventh to be installed in Sandbach. It means that more than 690 homes and businesses in the market town can now access the high-speed network — thanks to the programme backed by local authorities, including Cheshire East Council, and BT.

Demand for fibre broadband has been really strong, with around 30,000 homes and businesses taking up the service so far in the Connecting Cheshire area, with more orders being placed every day. This means Connecting Cheshire has one of the highest take up rates in the UK.

To date, the programme has brought fibre broadband within reach of 85,000 homes and businesses in Cheshire and, when combined with BT's commercial roll-out of the new technology, more than 96 per cent of homes and businesses across the historic county are now able to access fibre broadband.

One Sandbach business already benefitting from the fast speeds is award-winning cake company, Lois's Little Cake Company. Owner Debbie Fenton said: "Having superfast broadband at my new shop in Sandbach has made a big difference. I can now manage our website and social media much more easily and offer customers free wi-fi too — so faster broadband really is the icing on the cake!"

Councillor Peter Groves, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for finance and assets, said: "Reaching this milestone of 500 cabinets has been a tremendous achievement for the Connecting Cheshire project. Coupled with the strong take-up by consumers, it demonstrates that many more homes and businesses are now benefiting from faster broadband across every aspect of their lives, not only for work, but also education, training and entertainment."

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