Fibre-based broadband is on the way for Nottinghamshire
Fibre-based broadband is on the way for 95 percent of homes and businesses across Nottinghamshire following the decision by the County Council to award the £20 million contract to BT.
The Superfast Broadband Nottinghamshire programme will build on BT's commercial investment in the county which will deliver fibre-based broadband to more than 400,000 premises in the county by the end of 2014.
Once the programme is complete, fibre-based broadband will be available to 95 percent of homes and businesses by the end of March 2016, with a minimum of 2Mbps broadband speeds for all.
It will open up opportunities for more businesses and schools to get online, creating new jobs and fresh e-learning opportunities, boosting the local economy and educational attainment across the county.
Nottinghamshire County Council is investing £2.5 million in the project and successfully won a bid for an additional £2.7 million of European funding to bring fibre-based broadband to even more businesses. BDUK, the Government's broadband delivery arm, is contributing £4.5 million to the programme with a further £800,000 coming from Nottinghamshire Borough and District Councils. The City Council have also contributed £150,000 to specifically provide fibre-based broadband to the Creative Quarter. In total, 52,000 business premises and homes will benefit from the project.
The fibre-based broadband vision for Nottinghamshire is to:
- deliver faster broadband for all
- ensure fair price and variety
- deliver digital inclusion
- transform service delivery to online
- deliver digital equality
- encourage enterprise and higher skilled employment
- develop the business and economic infrastructure
- reduce congestion and pollution.
The fibre-based broadband programme will achieve the best long term broadband coverage for Nottinghamshire.
Fibre-based broadband coverage will help improve the quality of life and leisure prospects for Nottinghamshire families and will open new opportunities through online learning and faster access to information and services, meaning large video and data files can be sent almost instantly and hi-resolution photos posted online in seconds. It will provide a huge boost for businesses and the Nottinghamshire economy. Nottinghamshire firms will be able to find and establish new markets (locally, internationally and globally), increase their competitiveness and create new jobs.
See BT's Big Build video which explains the process of replacing much of the existing copper network with fibre: http://youtu.be/wSEuOB-gfDA
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