Superfast Surrey, a £33 million partnership between Surrey County Council and BT, says it has successfully completed more than three-quarters of its rural fibre broadband roll-out programme across the county.
Fibre cabinets serving more than 68,000 homes and businesses across the county have now been connected to the high-speed technology.
In the latest phase of the roll-out, Superfast Surrey has also announced the arrival of the first cabinets that are bringing fibre broadband access to more than 1,200 homes and businesses in the villages of Tadworth and Walton on the Hill.
More homes and businesses in the community are also set to benefit, as fibre broadband continues to become available across the area over the next few weeks, with download speeds of up to 80mbps available from ISPs who have access to the shared network.
Superfast Surrey aims to reach 84,000 premises which fall outside the private sector’s commercial roll-out plans, including those of BT's, which claims it has already made the technology available to more than 370,000 Surrey homes and businesses.
Peter Martin, Surrey County Council deputy leader, said: “The benefits are considerable economically and socially with Surrey’s economy being boosted by an estimated £30 million annually and homes getting fast, reliable internet access.
"Reaching the latest milestone means that tens of thousands more Surrey businesses and residents can enjoy the benefits in a way they would not have been able to otherwise, and now we'll press ahead with the rest of the project to reach areas not covered commercially.”