Nearly 6,000 more homes and businesses could benefit from superfast broadband thanks to Central Bedfordshire Council agreeing to match extra funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).
The council’s executive recommended matching the superfast extension programme announced by BDUK , which would support 95% of premises to receive this broadband.
And this would bring the total amount invested in delivering superfast broadband in Central Bedfordshire to almost £6 million. Cllr Richard Wenham, Deputy Executive Member for Corporate Resources at the council, said: “We are delighted that we’re on track to meet our current target and the hard work we’ve put in to secure extra funding means we can push for an even higher coverage in the future.
“Adding nearly another 6,000 premises to the programme is a big step in maximising coverage across Central Bedfordshire over the coming years.” The council is already on target to deliver high-speed broadband (24Mbps) to approximately 90 per cent of premises in Central Bedfordshire (around 15,500 premises) by 2016 but an extra 6,000 homes and businesses could now be reached during 2017. Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration and Business Support, added: “Delivering a superfast broadband programme for the future supports our businesses and boosts the local economy as well as reflecting how people live today.
“This extension means that we can continue to back our businesses to grow sustainably, especially small and medium enterprises in Central Bedfordshire who can particularly benefit from superfast broadband.
“This funding will make access to better broadband services available to so many more in our area.” The project is a partnership with Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes Councils, BDUK and BT Openreach. Those interested in the super fast programme can sign up to email bulletins from the council atwww.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/updates. You can also register your interest for Superfast Broadband and read background information about what super fast broadband is and how it can help you atwww.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/broadband. Full Council meets on 12 June.