Black Country broadband funding secured

Tuesday, September 16th 2014
£6 million of broadband funding is set to be awarded to the Black Country.
Black Country broadband funding secured
Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell have been awarded a £6 million funding boost to deliver superfast broadband to local homes and businesses.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has been campaigning to bring the high-speed technology to his constituents for some time, so he has welcomed the news that the majority of residential and commercial properties in the area will soon be able to connect to better broadband - something that was confirmed in a letter from Digital Industries Minister Ed Vaizey.

Mr Austin commented: "Places like London have been the first to benefit and I don't see why Dudley should be left behind, so I'm really pleased 95 per cent of people in the Black Country will now be covered."

To enable this to become a reality, £3 million has been granted to the four Black Country councils and the Black Country Consortium, as long as they match fund the same amount.

In addition, £1.5 million will be provided by service providers to finalise the connectivity work.

Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration at Dudley Council Councillor Judy Foster also welcomed the news of the funding.

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