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Rutland County Council says BDUK approval extremely welcome
The European Commission has been applauded for approving the UK's super-fast broadband plans.Rutland County Council (RCC) has said the decision from the European Commission to approve the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) strategy is "extremely welcome" news for local residents and businesses.
The move means the start of the Digital Rutland project is now one step closer, explained Terry King, deputy leader of RCC.
"Once Digital Rutland has been approved, we can start working with BT to upgrade exchanges throughout Rutland and start laying cables in the ground that will significantly improve broadband speeds for homes and businesses," he was quoted by the Rutland and Stamford Mercury as saying.
Under the Digital Rutland initiative, fibre optic broadband with speeds of up to 80Mbps will be rolled out to 97 per cent of properties across the county. Even the hardest-to-reach premises are set to receive speeds of between 2Mbps and 24Mbps.
The project was awarded £820,000 of government funding, with BT set to commence work on the necessary infrastructure improvements as soon as the final approval is received from BDUK.