Woburn Sands to get super-fast net

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ONE of Milton Keynes’ slowest internet connections is set for an injection of pace after BT announced it will be upgrading the phone exchange.

The Woburn Sands telephone exchange, which not only caters for the town but parts of Wavendon Gate and Old Farm Park too, will be brought into the 21st century with the installation of fibre optic broadband.

Work is expected to be completed by spring 2013, four years sooner than BT’s initial plans to update the exchange.

Councillor Lee Barney, of the Walton Park ward, said he is pleased that 800 homes in his constituency will benefit from the upgrade.

“I am absolutely delighted by this news,” he said.

“I am extremely pleased that the hard work of local residents and council officers alike has been recognised.

“One of the most challenging parts of the problem was proving to BT that there was a demand for super fast broadband and I am pleased to say that thanks to the councils involvement that BT have now been able to realise that demand.

“Super fast broadband will allow my area to leap into the 21st Century and compete on more even ground.

“High speed digital communications have become more than a luxury item and have become a pivotal need for the communities long term economic growth.”

Councillor David Hopkins, whose constituency includes Woburn Sands and Wavendon, said: “I know from my postbag the demand from families for this level of service which will now enable them to experience entertainment, shopping and a myriad of services delivered the super-fast way.

“This is an important step forward for Milton Keynes as a whole. High-speed digital communications are a defining factor in our long-term success.”