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Faster internet is speeding to estates

03 March, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

RESIDENTS on three Islington housing estates will soon be able to enjoy much faster internet access after plans to expand fibre optic broadband were agreed.

Isleden House, York Way and Holloway estates, which are run by the City of London Corporation, will benefit from a new high speed internet service after the Corporation’s community and children’s services committee agreed the plans earlier this month.

New equipment will be installed which will provide speeds of up to 1 gigabit at affordable prices.

The new broadband services will be rolled out across the City Corporation’s social housing estates, which stretch across seven London boroughs.

Neal Hounsell, acting director of the City of London Corporation’s community and children’s services department, said: “We are responding to the need to provide faster internet access to over 7,500 London residents at an affordable price.

“This project will mean that our housing developments in central London are connected with affordable and faster broadband speeds.”

Up to five internet providers per estate will be invited to bid for the opportunity to connect and will be selected based on affordability and quality of service. The Corporation has asked bidders to include reduced payment options for residents on low incomes and receiving benefits.

London currently suffers from poor broadband speeds in many areas. It ranks 26th out of 33 European capitals for broadband speed.

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