One Allendale resident is looking forward to watching all the latest shows this year on a state-of the-art Smart TV, thanks to iNorthumberland. Ben Baldock visited Whalton Village Show and while he was there stopped at the iNorthumberland stall for a chat and entered a competition to win a 32 inch Smart TV.

Luckily for Ben, his name was pulled out of the hat and he will now be able to watch the latest films in HD, download his favourite box sets and use a range of apps and catch up TV. Ben said: “I entered the competition, but never expected to win so it was great news to find out I had. There’ll be no more worries about who’s watching what in my house this year.”

Around 1,000 homes and businesses in Allendale and nearby Allenheads now have access to fibre broadband, including Ben’s, so he will be able to maximise the benefits of having a Smart TV. From downloading an HD film in minutes to streaming a TV show without the annoying buffering and watching YouTube videos with no screen freeze the fibre technology means you can enjoy all the features of a Smart TV.

Ben added: “There are some great pubs and a real community spirit in Allendale. This year I’ll either be glued to the new TV or joining in safe in the knowledge that I can catch up on TV later.”

More than 146,000 households and businesses in Northumberland are now able to connect to fibre broadband as a result of the iNorthumberland programme and BT’s commercial roll-out of the high-speed technology.

BT was awarded the iNorthumberland contract in April 2013, whilst the second phase contract was signed in June last year. It will see more than £4.1 million invested in the programme area in addition to the £18.9 million initially invested by Northumberland County Council, the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) fund, BT and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The majority of premises in Northumberland will be getting access to some of the best broadband speeds in the UK via iNorthumberland and the commercial roll-out of fibre by BT’s local network business, Openreach.

Openreach’s network is open to all broadband service providers on an equal wholesale basis and so Northumberland households and businesses can benefit from highly competitive products and pricing from a range of providers.

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