Lightning speed broadband hits the county

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Rory Sherwood-Parkin Regional Public Affairs Manager at Virgin Media, Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian SNP
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Rachel Booker, People Director at Virgin Media,  Martin McFadyen, Regional Director for Scotland at Virgin Media, Catherine Johnstone, Leader of Midlothian Council,  and Jim Bryant, Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development Midlothian Council

FRONT L--R Rory Sherwood-Parkin Regional Public Affairs Manager at Virgin Media, Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian SNP BACK l-R Rachel Booker, People Director at Virgin Media, Martin McFadyen, Regional Director for Scotland at Virgin Media, Catherine Johnstone, Leader of Midlothian Council, and Jim Bryant, Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development Midlothian Council

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Virgin Media has announced that homes and businesses in Midlothian will be next to benefit from an ultrafast broadband boost.

As part of its Project Lightning expansion, Virgin Media plans to extend its fibre optic network to 10,000 homes and businesses in Midlothian over the next two and a half years. Work began in Loanhead on Monday and is expected to be completed across the county before the end of 2018.

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson (SNP), welcomed the news, he said: “Broadband is crucial for the future prosperity of Midlothian - helping pupils with homework, supporting businesses and helping reduce social isolation by making it easier for people to communicate online.

“I know from the huge volumes of correspondence from constituents that this will be welcomed by residents and businesses across Midlothian.”

Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Catherine Johnstone (SNP) was also delighted, she said: “This is great news for Midlothian, with Virgin Media’s network plans offering ultrafast broadband to local residents and businesses who will have access to the numerous benefits that high speed broadband offers for commerce, leisure, and communities.”

Martin McFadyen, Regional Director for Scotland at Virgin Media, said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our network to thousands more homes. Residents will soon be getting the high-speed connectivity and top-notch TV they deserve.

“We urge residents to come together and register their interest - your street could be next.”

This follows the recent announcement from Virgin Media to connect an additional 360,000 homes and businesses in Scotland to its fibre optic network by the end of 2019,