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Businesses and residents in Dalton-in-Furness and Kendal are among more than 180,000 across the North West set to benefit from super-fast broadband as part of BT’s £2.5m project to expand fibre broadband.
As well as the two Cumbrian areas, Aintree, Bootle, Churchtown, Great Crosby, Huyton, St Helens and Widnes in MerseysideArdwick in Manchester, Cleveleys and Hesketh Bank in Lancashire are among the latest communities to be included in the roll-out.
It will take the number of North West homes and businesses being passed by the new super-fast network to more than 1.7 million. The latest upgrades are due to be completed during 2012.
The investment will bring much faster and stronger download speeds to many homes and businesses.
Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said the investment was a "tremendous boost" for the region.
He said: "It’s also going to provide a huge fillip for businesses and the local economy. At a stroke, small and medium sized firms will have access to big business speeds at much lower costs allowing them to find new markets, boost their competitiveness and create new jobs.
“Faster upstream speeds are a boon for flexible and remote working, slashing office overheads and improving employees’ work-life balance. Large graphic and video files can be sent immediately online instead of being physically delivered to customers on hard disk. And high quality voice and video calls will enable businesses to save time travelling to clients without losing direct customer contact."