The executive committee of Central Bedfordshire Council has agreed to select a broadband provider that will deliver a minimum 24MB per second service to more than 90 per cent of the area by 2015, with every premises having access to broadband speed of a minimum 2MB per second.
Improved business productivity and growth of rural businesses is a key driver in installing the service, said council deputy executive member for corporate resources Cllr Richard Wenham.
The Local Broadband Plan is being partially funded by central government with £620,000 already allocated through Broadband Development UK to match additional private sector investment.
Cllr Wenham said: “Increasing access to superfast broadband will offer huge benefits for everyone and is a key part of the transformation of public services. It will improve business productivity and efficiency, support rural business growth and enterprise and strengthen the local economy as a whole.”
The Local Broadband Plan had been developed following consultation with business, the public sector and residents, he added.
Central Bedfordshire is the lead body for the wider Local Broadband Partnership which includes Milton Keynes and Bedford Borough Councils.