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Salisbury to become first UK city to gain universal access to ultra-fast full fibre broadband

Picture credited to Philip Hammond MP

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.

Salisbury MP, John Glen, has also praised the announcement.

Openreach is going to take charge of the project.

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." 

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