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By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 24, 2013

Moorlands MP Karen Bradley launches the new Broadband with Internet Connections director Andy Harding

Moorlands MP Karen Bradley launches the new Broadband with Internet Connections director Andy Harding

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RESIDENTS of a parkland estate can now enjoy the benefits of superfast Broadband connection following completion of a new project.

The new service has been brought exclusively to St Edwards Park in Cheddleton, which comprising around 360 households, by Leek based company Internet Connections.

The company has completed work all over the country for commercial business, but the Cheddleton project was a first for residential customers.

Now the company state if the scheme proves to be a success, they will be asking other communities in Cheddleton whether they would be interested in receiving a similar service.

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Director Andy Harding said: "It has been a different and very rewarding project to deliver. Different because it is the first time that we have offered services to households as our focus has always been on business-to-business projects and rewarding because we have been able to put our trade to good use in our local area, delivering a service that was otherwise always going to be out of reach to our community.

"We've gone from a situation where St Edwards Park was struggling by on slow to sluggish speeds, to a position now where it's enjoying speeds that are faster than around 75 per cent of the rest of Great Britain.

"For a project of such technical and logistical complexity, what we're doing is virtually without precedence, so we're right at the forefront of this type of technology, we do indeed feel it has gone smoothly in the main.

"We first floated the idea of a superfast service to residents of St Edwards Park in January, with the expectation that once we received enough interest, which became clear in February, it would take around six months to get the service live, so we have pretty much delivered on time."

The launch was attended by Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley; Tom Nadin from the North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Chris Mitchell, community highway manager, Staffs County Council; Andrew Dukesell, DBD Architectural, councillors and members of Internet Connection staff.

Mrs Bradley said she was delighted see the new service open in Cheddleton.

She said: "It's fantastic that a local company is leading the way. Internet Connections are filling a gap in the market and I'm sure the new broadband service will be a great benefit to residents and businesses in Cheddleton.

"Modern infrastructure for communications is vital to the economy of our area and I'm pleased to see an option is available in Cheddleton.

"Small business are the life-blood of the Moorlands economy - and this is a great example of innovation that small companies tend to show. I have been campaigning for better broadband access in towns and village in our area so this is a fantastic addition I hope it's the sort of thing that will not only offer improved service for entertainment but also encourage people to set up businesses."

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