Local residents, businesses and politicians have welcomed news that Salisbury is to become the first city in the country to gain universal access to ultra-fast full fibre broadband.
The announcement was made by the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, in a visit yesterday, as part of a commitment to deliver the technology nationally by 2033.
It’s hoped the service will be available from April next year, meaning people in Salisbury will be able to download films in just seconds.
The Chancellor published this tweet, expressing his hope that the technology will make a big difference to people's lives.
It's great to meet some of the engineers helping to make #Salisbury the first city to gain universal access to ultrafast full fibre broadband. It’s vital that everyone can benefit from this new technology, which is why we we’ve committed to deliver full fibre nationwide by 2033. pic.twitter.com/smVHgVPsGW— Philip Hammond (@PhilipHammondUK) March 19, 2019
Salisbury MP, John Glen, has also praised the announcement.
After many meetings making the case for Salisbury, it’s fantastic news that @WeAreOpenreach has chosen our entire city to be first in UK to get their full fibre broadband. This is a quantum leap for us and will attract new companies to make Salisbury their home. #SiliconSalisbury pic.twitter.com/peVzWFE7M1— John Glen MP (@JohnGlenUK) March 19, 2019
Openreach is going to take charge of the project.
We're building full fibre to every home, business & GP surgery in #Salisbury in just 12 months, working together with @wiltscouncil in our first ever complete city build. https://t.co/OOB8cvyVRC pic.twitter.com/bpPm3m97TV— Openreach (@WeAreOpenreach) March 19, 2019
The Leader of Salisbury City Council, Councillor Jeremy Nettle, said:
"This investment will be a huge boost to the city’s long-term economic and social prosperity. Salisbury has been known in the past for 3 main business sectors; the NHS, finance and the Military – this new initiative will hopefully entice a diverse range of industries into our city. It’s an exciting time and puts us on the map for something more positive."