THE village of Blackshaw Moor has become one of the first communities in the Staffordshire Moorlands to benefit from the multi-million pound Superfast Staffordshire high-speed fibre broadband programme as it hits the 10,000 property mark.
Around 150 premises in the community near Leek now have access to faster fibre broadband for the first time as a result of the project, partners Staffordshire County Council and BT have announced.
Fibre broadband has now been made available to 10,000 homes and businesses in Staffordshire since engineering work began in May this year.
By the end of 2014, the partnership is expected to have made the high-speed technology available to more than 22,000 Staffordshire premises.
Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for the economy and infrastructure, Mark Winnington, said: "The Superfast Staffordshire project is connecting people across the county and increasing opportunities, which is why it is so important. It is enabling us to reach communities which previously had no access to superfast broadband which is vital to people and businesses."
Local county councillor and Staffordshire's rural affairs leader Gill Heath said: "It's pleasing to see that Blackshaw Moor properties can now access faster broadband speeds. There are a number of businesses in the area which will benefit, as well as hundreds of residents. This is a real step forward for the village."