Govt approves Digital Derbyshire broadband project

Thursday, May 10th 2012
Derbyshire County Council has unlocked £7.39 million of funding for its super-fast broadband strategy.
Govt approves Digital Derbyshire broadband project
The green light has been given to a project that aims to deliver a huge boost to broadband connectivity in Derbyshire.

Government backing for the county council's Digital Derbyshire strategy has been confirmed, which means the local authority has unlocked £7.39 million of funding from Broadband Delivery UK.

The scheme is aiming to roll out improved connections to more than 180,000 homes and businesses that are currently stuck with slow or non-existent broadband.

Among the premises set to be upgraded are 25,359 in North East Derbyshire, 32,607 in the Amber Valley and 34,343 in the Derbyshire Dales.

Under the project, super-fast broadband will be extended to 90 per cent of properties across the county, while the remaining ten per cent will receive minimum speeds of 2Mbps.

At present, only 38 per cent of Derbyshire premises can access next-generation broadband services, according to the latest Ofcom figures.

Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for generation at the county council, said: "Securing fast and reliable broadband for Derbyshire is one of our priorities and approval of our plans is great news."

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