Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire is a multi-million pound partnership between the County Council and a range of funding partners including BT, Central Government, D2N2 Local Enterprise (LEP) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is set to transform broadband speeds across Nottinghamshire.
This large-scale civil engineering programme builds on the commercial rollout of fibre-based broadband within Nottinghamshire (delivered by BT and other telecommunications providers), which will extend access to 86% of premises within the County by the end of 2014.
As a result of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme, 97% of Nottinghamshire’s premises will be able to access a fibre network, capable of delivering superfast broadband, by 2018.
We announced on the 22nd May the signing of Contract 2 which is made up of £2.63m in Government funding, with £2.63m from the D2N2 LEP Partnership Growth Deal and is targeting the more rural areas in the districts of Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood and Rushcliffe. These would have been the areas with the least coverage at the end of Contract 1.
In addition to Contract 2 we are pleased to announce that we have secured an additional pot of funding of £1.6m which will focus on increasing coverage in the areas of Newark & Sherwood and Bassetlaw. BT are in the process of modelling the extra coverage and in July we will be able to update the postcode checker to reflect this. It is also expected that in October we will be able to publish specific phasing information like we did for Contract 1.
The government are currently piloting a number of different projects with different suppliers across the country to identify the most efficient way in providing coverage for the hardest to reach parts of the UK. The pilots will run until March 2016. Further evidence and findings will be published during 2015 and 2016.
Further information can be found on the GOV.UK website.
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25 April 2015: Broadband scheme hits 250th milestone as Blyth goes live
Residents and businesses in Blyth are used to having good access to the fast lane via the nearby A1, but things are set to get even quicker as high-speed fibre broadband becomes available in the village.
The north Nottinghamshire village has become the latest in the county to get access to fibre broadband as the multi million pound Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and BT enables its 250th cabinet.
For many Blyth residents, it will mean they will be able to work from home, download music and films faster, buy and sell goods online, play games, video-message friends, access online council services and watch TV on-demand for the first time.
16 June 2015: Businesses get broadband boost as voucher scheme is extended countywide
Small businesses from across Nottinghamshire now have the chance to get discounts of up to £3,000 off the cost of supercharging their broadband speed, following the extension of a scheme to cover the whole county.
The Connection Voucher Scheme gives businesses money off the cost of installing superfast broadband and access speeds of over 30Mbps.
The scheme was only previously available in the City of Nottingham, Broxtowe, Gedling, Rushcliffe and Hucknall.
22 May 2015: £6.3m deal for an even better connected county
Around 15,000 more homes and businesses in Nottinghamshire will be able to get high-speed fibre broadband, following the announcement of a new £6.3 million deal to extend one of the county’s most ambitious infrastructure projects.
14 May 2015: Volunteers wanted to join the Digital Champions Network
If you are tech savvy and want to help local businesses and residents get online, why not sign up to become a Digital Champion?
The Nottinghamshire Digital Champions Network is being created to support the £20m Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme, which will ensure 95% of homes and businesses have access to fibre-broadband by April 2016.
People interested in becoming a Digital Champion are invited to attend a free, interactive event on Thursday 4 June (9.30am to 1pm) at Rufford Park Golf Centre.
Book online today – places are limited.
29 April 2015: Business Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme
From 1 April 2015, your business could get a grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade to faster, better broadband through the Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme.
11 February 2015: Broadband roll-out reaches 28,000 Notts homes and businesses
The pace of life in the picturesque village of Orston is about to get a whole lot faster.
19 December 2015: Slow broadband comes a cropper as Notts village enters the fast lane
Hundreds of homes in a Nottinghamshire village, named just eight months ago as having one of the slowest broadband speeds in the UK, now have access to fast fibre broadband.
3 October 2014: Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme tops 10,000 premises
More than 10,000 homes and businesses across Nottinghamshire now have access to faster broadband speeds as part of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) partnership.
18 August 2014: Nottinghamshire construction sets superfast broadband milestone
Local firm Gusto Construction has found that slow broadband speeds are a thing of the past after becoming Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire's first superfast broadband customer.
8 August 2014: High speed broadband roll out progressing at a rate of ‘Notts’
More than 1,850 Nottinghamshire homes and businesses can now get faster fibre broadband - just two months into a programme which will see the county become one of the best digitally-connected areas in the country in two years’ time. This announcement comes as the Government announced on 8 August that more than 1 million UK homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband as a result of the UK wide rollout.
12 June 2014: First phase underway
The first phase of work for the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme is now underway. On 12 June, representatives of the organisations funding and developing the programme officially launched the first upgraded fibre broadband cabinet in Collingham near Newark.
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