North Lincs to apply for European broadband support

Wednesday, July 25th 2012
A £3.8 million European grant is being sought to improve broadband in North Lincolnshire.
North Lincs to apply for European broadband support
North Lincolnshire Council has been given the green light to press forward with a £3.8 million bid for European funding to boost broadband services in the area.

If approved, the additional money will be used to help small to medium-sized enterprises gain access to broadband connectivity, explained Neil Poole, cabinet member for policy and resources at the local authority.

Although he stressed the application still has some way to go, Mr Poole insisted the indications are "positive".

"A strong, vibrant North Lincolnshire can only happen if we support the conditions to enable our businesses to grow and invest, and that's exactly what we are delivering on," the councillor said.

So far, 4,618 residents and 456 businesses have completed a survey on broadband provision designed to support the council's plans to improve connectivity.

The latest Ofcom figures show 41 per cent of North Lincolnshire properties are able to access super-fast broadband, while 21.8 per cent are stuck with speeds of less than 2Mbps.

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