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Villagers enjoy a broadband boost

PUBLISHED: 08:28 07 May 2014 | UPDATED: 08:28 07 May 2014

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A MAJOR civil engineering project at a prized wildfowl habitat is set to bring tweets of joy from more than just the birds. Thanks to a £64,000 grant, people living in six rural villages around Colchester have access to superfast broadband to rival Britain's biggest cities. Through a joint project between the Winstred Hundred Parish Council and Colchester-based County Broadband, they can now use the internet to work or shop and use social media sites, including Twitter, with ease.

The grant has come from a £750,000 fund established by Essex & Suffolk Water to mitigate any unforeseen effects arising from construction works to expand Abberton Reservoir on the outskirts of Colchester. The Abberton scheme is the country’s first major reservoir development in more than 20 years and has been one of the UK’s biggest civil engineering projects.

The villages of Peldon, Abberton, Langenhoe, Great and Little Wigborough, Salcott Cum Virley and Layer Breton suffered from a chronically slow internet connection which makes online shopping, business and even homework almost impossible at busy times. Now they have been linked in a wireless network which will provide combined speeds of up to 64 Mbps for residents and businesses.

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