Firm to get ‘Stone Age’ Stannington online

Richard Timms and Neil Cooper from Stannington who want to know why fibre broadband has been delayed in the village by 9 months

Richard Timms and Neil Cooper from Stannington who want to know why fibre broadband has been delayed in the village by 9 months

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A rural broadband company is to expand into a Sheffield village after residents complained of their ‘Stone Age’ service.

Some householders living on Oldfield Road in Stannington have been waiting since January 2012 for faster access from BT, while others lost their fibre broadband when the publicly-funded Digital Region scheme shut down last year after failing to attract enough customers.

They have dial-up internet, but say it is too slow to work from home or complete many everyday tasks online.

Managing director Richard Timms, who works in the electronics industry, said: “It’s embarrassing the type of industry that I’m in and I can’t work at home because I am in the Stone Age.”

Now Pine Media, a rural broadband company based in Sheffield and Nottingham which has a super-fast fibre link in the area, is looking to offer its service to Stannington residents and those nearby.

It is expected to be up and running ‘very soon.’

Will Dear, director, said: “We have decided to go ahead after a positive public response. We are also looking for other rural areas around Sheffield where residents and businesses are looking for a better connection.”

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