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BT has begun the rollout of super-fast broadband as part of the Isle of Wight’s multi-million pound rural fibre project.

More than 240 residents and businesses will be able to access fibre broadband by connecting to the cabinet in Farriers Way, Shorwell.

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The village is in the first phase of communities to be connected under the major infrastructure project, which is a partnership between the Isle of Wight Council, BT and the UK government.

Other communities set to benefit during phase one are parts of Gurnard, Whippingham, Brighstone and Merstone.

When the fibre broadband is complete in autumn 2015, around 20,000 premises in largely rural parts of the Isle of Wight will have access to fibre broadband.

In conjunction with BT's own commercial roll out, it will ensure 95 per cent of homes on the island are able to take advantage of next-generation services.

Isle of Wight Council Executive Member for Economy and Tourism Councillor Shirley Smart said it is "terrific news" that the first street cabinet has gone live with fibre.

"We can now look forward to many residents and businesses in rural areas being connected up over the coming months," she stated.

"This will bring significant benefits to people in these areas and should over time assist with attracting inward investment and providing a real boost for business and tourism."

Bill Murphy, Managing Director of Next-Generation Access at BT, said the broadband partnership will ensure more households are able to benefit from super-fast broadband.

He added that the announcement builds on BT’s commercial investment, which has already made fibre broadband available to around 49,000 premises, mainly in the island’s towns.

"Faster broadband will also help local businesses grow, attracting inward investment and boosting the local economy," Mr Murphy stated.

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