Council Leader welcomes new home ultrafast broadband announcement
The Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has welcomed an announcement by Openreach that new-build homes in Beeston, Hucknall, Radcliffe-on-Trent and Worksop, will have access to some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country*.
More than 1,600 homes at four major new developments are to get built-in access to ultrafast broadband - and Councillor Cutts is calling on more house builders to follow suit.
Councillor Cutts said: "We rely on the internet so much now that homeowners rank good quality broadband alongside other utilities like gas, electricity and water. I am delighted that these developments will benefit from the latest fibre-to-the-premises technology, which will make them very attractive to people wanting to live and work in Nottinghamshire.
"The agreements are part of a partnership between the UK Government, Openreach and the Homebuilders Federation, which aims to ensure all new housing developments of 30 properties or more have ultrafast fibre broadband infrastructure built-in."
The announcement follows calls by the County Council earlier this year for developers and district planners to ensure every new home in the County is 'future proofed' with superfast broadband access. The appeal was made after it emerged that hundreds of homes, built in the last five years, had been constructed with no provision for connection to broadband.
Councillor Cutts added: "Thanks in part to our Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme, 97% of homes and businesses in our county can access superfast broadband, which is among the highest in the UK. However, when we were surveying superfast availability in the county, with a view to expanding BBfN into more rural, hard-to-reach areas, we were staggered to find that many people in new homes - built within the last five years - could not get superfast broadband because of a failure by developers to include it.
"We've written to planning departments at all of the district and borough councils in Nottinghamshire, urging them to work with developers to ensure in-built superfast broadband provision is prioritised as a matter of course."
* Link to Openreach press release announcing the agreements in Nottinghamshire: http://news.openreach.co.uk/pressreleases/fastest-broadband-in-the-uk-speeds-towards-new-nottinghamshire-housing-developments-2255495