More than £1m for broadband in rural Worcestershire

More than £1m for broadband in rural Worcestershire

More than £1m for broadband in rural Worcestershire

First published in Local

ABOUT 1,400 more homes and businesses in rural Worcestershire will be able to link up to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to more than £1 million of government cash.

Worcestershire County Council has been given a grant of £1,147,032 by the Broadband Delivery UK scheme run by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to help bring high-speed internet to rural communities.

The grant – the result of two years of work by the council along with community representatives in Ombersley, Honeybourne, Pebworth, Castlemorton, Birtsmorton and Welland as well as Doverdale and Holt, Abberley, Defford and Besford - follows £3.35 million previously invested by the government, which is already being used to make fibre broadband available to more than 90 per cent of people in the county over the next three years.

The council’s cabinet member for skills, economy and infrastructure Cllr Simon Geraghty welcomed the announcement.

"I am so pleased to be able to confirm this additional funding for Worcestershire to become further connected and enable fibre-Broadband to reach additional rural areas,” he said.

“The county-wide scheme is already ambitious and committed to reaching over 90 per cent of our residents and businesses and this further funding will help us to extend that reach into more rural areas where we know this will support both residents and businesses.

“I would encourage everyone to sign up via our website to receive updates about any improvements in your local area."

Communities minister Ed Vaizey described it as “excellent news for these rural communities in Worcestershire”.

“The UK already does more business online than any other European country and widespread access to superfast speeds will provide a welcome boost to Worcestershire's economy,” he said.

The county council will now work to explore how the funding can be best used.

For more information visit superfastworcestershire.com.

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4:41pm Mon 7 Apr 14

old misery says...

How are the areas for upgrading selected ? i have signed up to the broadband info site but the only thing of interest is "That my area is not currently selected for upgrading" so can only assume I am in the 10% that will not be covered
How are the areas for upgrading selected ? i have signed up to the broadband info site but the only thing of interest is "That my area is not currently selected for upgrading" so can only assume I am in the 10% that will not be covered old misery
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7:12am Tue 8 Apr 14

Bruce1510 says...

Another contract for BT who have own most of the contracts in the UK not because they have best network but because they still own the last mile into villages and homes and fleece any operators wanting to use it. It's a monopoly situation and UK plc know it is ..... The result - poor service, poor quality because they have little or no viable competition allowed to compete.
Another contract for BT who have own most of the contracts in the UK not because they have best network but because they still own the last mile into villages and homes and fleece any operators wanting to use it. It's a monopoly situation and UK plc know it is ..... The result - poor service, poor quality because they have little or no viable competition allowed to compete. Bruce1510
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11:05am Tue 8 Apr 14

PaulMeUnder says...

Yep, also seem to be part of the 10% in Tibberton despite being only 2 miles away from BT Infinity enjoying warndon villages!

Thankfully Airband provide me with 30mb+ broadband to my home and after almost 12 months of continual, un-interupted service, I don't think I would ever rely on BT to provide my service even if they could!

Note to WCC....wired is not the only choice!
Yep, also seem to be part of the 10% in Tibberton despite being only 2 miles away from BT Infinity enjoying warndon villages! Thankfully Airband provide me with 30mb+ broadband to my home and after almost 12 months of continual, un-interupted service, I don't think I would ever rely on BT to provide my service even if they could! Note to WCC....wired is not the only choice! PaulMeUnder
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