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Work set to begin on Digital Rutland broadband rollout
Broadband Delivery UK has given the green light to the Digital Rutland project.Work can commence on the Digital Rutland super-fast broadband rollout after the project was granted government approval.
Broadband Delivery UK's decision to rubber-stamp the scheme means that the vast majority of Rutland's 17,000 homes and businesses will receive access to fibre optic broadband, bringing speeds of up to 80Mbps to the county.
Subject to survey and planning work, BT - Rutland County Council's partner on the project - will upgrade all ten local telephone exchanges, meaning that many properties in Oakham, Uppingham and almost every village in the area will benefit from the rollout.
Commercial restrictions and network topography mean not every property will gain access to fibre broadband, but those that miss out will at least receive guaranteed minimum speeds of 2Mbps.
Owen Moody, regional director for the East Midlands at BT, said: "This is a hugely exciting project that is set to benefit homes and businesses across the county and will provide a massive boost to the local economy."