Last street in Selston gets superfast broadband

Residents of Lilley Close Selston celebrating their new superfast broadband service.
Residents of Lilley Close Selston celebrating their new superfast broadband service.

The last remaining street without superfast broadband in Selston has finally been brought up to speed.

Lilley Close residents can now access the net as fast as everyone else thanks to a new scheme run by Nottinghamshire County Council and BT.

The Better Broadband for Nottingham (BBfN) scheme is providing access to superfast broadband to hundreds of communities in Nottinghamshire, including some of the county’s most rural areas.

Sue Murphy is amongst the first residents to take advantage of the availability of superfast broadband in Lilley Close.

Sue said: “We used to live in another part of Selston which had good broadband and never envisaged not having similar availability when we moved.

“However, we could only get download speeds of around 1Mbps at Lilley Close, which meant working from home was tricky with so many services that companies opt for now, such as MS Lync and voip call services, only available online. “Watching on-demand TV or movies was impossible, unless you started a download in the morning to watch that evening.”

Sue transferred to a new superfast service in June this year and has seen a massive difference.

She added, “The speed increase has been huge. For work, I no longer get dropped calls and the strength of my connection is stronger, even during peak times.

“It’s great for my family to be able to actually watch on-demand TV, on demand! FaceTime calls with my family are more stable and we are able to see them, pixel free and with no buffering.”

Lilley Close is one of over 130 areas in Nottinghamshire which will either get access to fibre broadband for the first time or see existing provision boosted to superfast speeds by Spring 2018 as part of phase two of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme.

The extension of the scheme, which began earlier this year, will cover a further 18,000 properties, in addition to the 62,000 homes and businesses rom BBfN phase one.