Over 20,000 homes and businesses in Beds to receive superfast broadband

Around 15,500 homes and business premises in Central Bedfordshire are set to benefit from new superfast broadband infrastructure - it was announced today (Friday).

The council is on target to deliver high-speed broadband (24Mbps) to approximately 90 per cent of premises in Central Bedfordshire by the end of 2016, with all areas set to receive services of 2 Mbps or more.

The project is a partnership with Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes Councils, BDUK (the Government’s superfast programme) and BT Openreach.

In Bedford Borough 8,000 homes is set to receive the superfast broadband,

The locations and phases of delivery are now available on the council’s website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/broadband.

Councillor Richard Wenham, deputy executive member for corporate resources at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We are delighted that we’re on track to meet our target of 90 per cent of premises having access to superfast broadband and we have worked hard to get to this point, securing extra funding and pushing for maximum coverage.

“We’ve put up a map and postcode finder on our website so that people can go online and check their area.

“I would encourage everyone who thinks they could benefit from superfast broadband to check the website and see where and when superfast broadband will be available for them to sign up to.”

The £9.24 million joint superfast broadband programme will build on the existing fibre networks already provided by BT’s commercial investment.

And over in More than 8,000 homes in Bedford Borough will receive ‘superfast broadband’ by 2016 as part of a new local broadband project that has successfully secured Government funding.

Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson, said: “This is a major project which will ensure at least basic broadband for all, including superfast broadband to more than 8,000 extra homes.

“Through the project we have secured over £1million of investment for Bedford Borough and BT’s plans are designed to reach as many homes as possible.

“Widening access to broadband in Bedford Borough will help residents and businesses alike and we are working with our local partners,

“BDUK and BT Openreach to ensure superfast broadband is rolled out as far as possible through this project.

“We are also putting plans in place for the remaining homes to get access to superfast broadband as soon as possible. We are bidding for additional government funding, supporting efforts for innovative technology to be trialled in Bedford Borough.”

An online tool is now available for residents of Bedford Borough to see the new plan for introducing superfast broadband. It is available at www.bedford.gov.uk/broadband




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