Further support for Better Broadband programme approved
The County Council recently marked five years of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire project, which saw over 600m of fibre optic cable laid and the installation of the 608th green roadside fibre cabinet. In partnership with Open Reach, the County Council has delivered superfast broadband to over 98 % of homes and businesses across Nottinghamshire and is working to secure full fibre coverage through additional funding opportunities.
The figures for full fibre coverage across Nottinghamshire are:
• 98.37% superfast coverage (>24 megabits per second)
• 72.18% ultrafast coverage (>100 megabits per second)
• 9% full fibre coverage (fibre to the premises or home)
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Policy Committee has agreed to seek a grant of £236,732 from the European Regional Development Fund, to bring fibre broadband to a further 750 businesses that would not otherwise receive it. This additional funding will encourage the take up of better broadband connections across the county and enable businesses to take advantage of better broadband connectivity, future-proofing themselves in the process.
The Better Broadband programme has already reached over 85,000 homes and businesses, many in the most remote and rurally isolated parts of the county, which can now make the switch to fibre-based broadband connectivity. This does not happen automatically, and the council’s Broadband Engagement Officer will continue to work with business and residents to raise awareness of the benefits and encourage them to take advantage of the new digital infrastructure available to them.
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and Chair of Policy Committee said: “The County Council is working hard to ensure that we can extend the reach of broadband right across the county. Helping residents and businesses to make the switch to fibre- based broadband will enable them to make the most of the opportunities to gain access to jobs and improved services. The additional funding will enable us to work towards our aim of achieving full coverage and the Broadband Engagement Officer will provide specialist advice and practical support so that people can get the very best out of the new digital infrastructure.”