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Thousands to benefit from superfast broadband in Central Bedfordshire

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Around 15,500 homes and business premises in Central Bedfordshire are set to benefit from new superfast broadband infrastructure, it has been announced today.

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

Councillor Richard Wenham, deputy executive member for Corporate Resources at Central Beds 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.

The project is a partnership with Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes Councils, BDUK (the Government’s superfast programme) and BT Openreach and the locations and phases of delivery are now available on the council’s website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/broadband.

Councillor Wenham added: “We felt it was important for people to see this information but please remember that this is the current project plan, so it is subject to change and areas might be added or removed depending on ‘on the ground’ conditions as BT works to deliver new infrastructure. “There are some Frequently Asked Questions on our website that should help if people have queries.

“While we are pleased with the 90 per cent high-speed coverage, we’re not stopping there. Our goal is to provide 100 per cent superfast access so we’re working with the Government, local partners and commercial providers, to secure additional resources and new ways of delivery to extend coverage even further.”

 

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