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The £28.5m Connecting Cheshire Partnership has announced that its new fibre-optic network — is now becoming available in Chelford as part of its roll-out to more than 80,000 additional homes and businesses across Cheshire. Around 650 premises are now able to upgrade with more to follow in the coming months.

Three of the eight Chelford cabinets are now live and the others will be live before the end of March. The three live cabinets are the ones at the top of Dixon Drive by the Egerton, on Pepper Street and the one near Chelford Farm Supplies.

The picture shows Chelford ward Councillor George Walton of CEC performing the official opening whilst Chelford broadband champion, Mike Grundy and chair of Chelford PC, Kath Gildon look on.

Many thanks go to Mike who has done a fantastic job for Chelford as broadband champion, working with Cheshire East Council and Connecting Cheshire to ensure that Chelford's voice was heard and that everyone was kept informed.

Those who have already taken advantage of the new service are reporting initial speeds in excess of 10mbps, a vast improvement on the previous performance.

It's not just about a faster internet experience or doing one thing quicker, it's about everyone being able to do their own thing online, all at the same time. You can work or play — smarter, faster, better — whether from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Check the Connecting Cheshire website to see if your home or business can be upgraded and then contact your Internet Service Provider or shop around for the best deal and order a fibre broadband service — it doesn't happen automatically! www.connectingcheshire.org.uk There is also a video available that explains the upgrading process.

Connecting Cheshire, a partnership between BT and Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington Councils, aims to reach an additional 80,000 homes and businesses with fibre broadband. This is in addition to BT's commercial investment in fibre across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington so that by the end of 2015 a total of 400,000 premises (around 96%) will have access to high-speed broadband.

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