Superfast broadband is coming to 130,000 homes and businessesDec 27, 2013
The work, being carried out by BT Openreach, aims to deliver 24MB per second broadband to 90% of homes and businesses through the project.
It is being delivered by Milton Keynes Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils in partnership with BDUK, the government’s national superfast broadband programme.
Bill Murray, BT managing director, next generation access, is pictured with Milton Keynes Council deputy leader Cllr David Hopkins. Milton Keynes aims to have 95% of its homes and businesses using superfast broadband by 2017 – that’s around 107,000 properties.
Cllr Hopkins, cabinet member for economic development and enterprise, said: “Access to superfast broadband is vital to keep Milton Keynes as an attractive location for businesses to locate to and keeps us ahead of our competitors.
“Milton Keynes Council recognises the importance of superfast broadband services to households as well which is why we are investing £2.4 million into the BDUK superfast broadband programme which will build on the existing fibre networks already provided by BT’s commercial investment.”
Around 15,500 homes and business premises in Central Bedfordshire are set to benefit, with the new service being installed to 8,000 premises in Bedford Borough along with a pledge that every home in both local authority areas will have a minimum broadband speed of 2MB/second.
Cllr Richard Wenham, deputy executive member for corporate resources at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We are on track to meet our target of 90% of premises having access to superfast broadband and we have worked hard to get to this point.
The £9.24 million joint superfast broadband programme will build on the existing fibre networks already provided by BT’s commercial investment.
Details of which areas are due to receive the new service and when are available on the councils’ respective websites.
Cllr Wenham added: “Our goal is to provide 100% superfast access so we are working with the government, local partners and commercial providers, to secure additional resources and new ways of delivery to extend coverage even further.”
The arrival of superfast broadband is an important investment. For businesses, it can help to deliver a competitive edge, which will help them attract new customers and find new, more efficient ways of working.
Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Widening access to broadband in Bedford Borough will help residents and businesses alike and we are working with our local partners, BDUK and BT Openreach to ensure superfast broadband is rolled out as far as possible through this project.
“We are also putting plans in place for the remaining homes to get access to superfast broadband as soon as possible. We are bidding for additional government funding, supporting efforts for innovative technology to be trialled in Bedford Borough.”