Lincs to bid on super-fast broadband cash, says council chief

Thursday, December 30th 2010
The county is keen to secure some of the £830 million of government cash to boost broadband in the area.
Lincs to bid on super-fast broadband cash, says council chief
A Lincolnshire council chief has confirmed the body will submit a bid for public money to improve broadband across the county.

Although the area missed out on being named as one of the UK's super-fast broadband trial sites, the local authority is still keen to secure some of the £830 million of funding available from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), reports the Lincolnshire Echo.

Head of economic regeneration policy at the council Justin Brown said government cash is one way it will look to boost broadband, but the "main aspect" of its strategy is to encourage the likes of BT, Virgin Media and Vodafone to invest in the area.

"First-class broadband is very important for Lincolnshire as it will help businesses to grow, local people access services and young people download learning materials," Mr Brown added.

BDUK has previously announced that Cumbria, Herefordshire, the Highlands & Islands and North Yorkshire will be the four areas to benefit from the broadband pilot schemes.

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