£3.35million success for Faster Broadband
Worcestershire's residents and businesses have reason to
celebrate with £3.35million being unlocked for the County for
The funding allocation from Broadband Delivery
UK (BDUK), a department of central government, is in response to
the successful submission of Worcestershire’s Local Broadband Plan
(LBP) "Connecting Worcestershire."
Worcestershire’s LBP aims for ‘Faster
Broadband for all by 2015’. 'Open for Business' is one of the
County's key priorities and access to faster broadband is vital to
ensure companies are able to remain competitive and grow their
businesses. The plan, therefore, includes ambitious targets
for 90% of Worcestershire's businesses and residents to have access
to Superfast Broadband, with 100% of the county being able to
access at least 2mbps.
The £3.35million awarded today is addition to
the £8.5million which has already been pledged as the indicative
local authority allocation with significant further funding
anticipated from private industry.
The next stage will be for the County to enter
the National BDUK Procurement Framework. The availability of the
National BDUK Procurement Framework is imminent and will be made
available to councils nationally in a phased way with
Worcestershire County Council currently working to bring forward
their access to this Framework to Summer 2012. This will enable the
county to begin negotiations with suppliers, enable expenditure of
committed local authority and BDUK monies and for faster broadband
speeds to reach communities as soon as possible.
A range of innovative local solutions will also
start being put in place as soon as Summer 2012 as an additional
£700k of grant funding was made available locally in January 2012
for communities identified as being in the final 10% of areas which
may not otherwise receive more than 2mbps. Up to fourteen of the
Worcestershire rural communities that submitted Expressions of
Interest will receive monies before the end of Summer based on
working with the council to develop business cases.
Cllr Adrian Hardman, Worcestershire
County Council's Leader, said: “This is a great day for
Worcestershire. This funding will help us to further support the
local economy as slower broadband speeds restrict the ability for
businesses to operate. We are committed to ensuring Worcestershire
is Open for Business and faster broadband will support local
businesses and add to the county's attractiveness for businesses
looking to relocate. I am pleased for our businesses and residents
that our submission for this vital funding has been successful and we will now work to put our plans
into action as quickly as possible.”
Cllr David Thain, Worcestershire
County Council's Cabinet member for Transformation and Change,
said: “We already have ambitious targets for 2015
but will be working to put these in place as soon as possible and
to increase speeds as much as we can with the funding available. We
will continue our dialogue with suppliers to encourage private
sector investment and so I would urge everyone in the County to
show support to help us to make faster broadband for Worcestershire
Residents and businesses can find out more and
show support for faster broadband for Worcestershire by visiting
Those with a smart phone and the QR reader software can also scan
the QR Code and go straight to this page. On Facebook show support
by liking the page www.facebook.com/broadbandworcs
and join in the conversation.
This page was last reviewed 1 May 2012 at 18:10.
The page is next due for review 28 October 2013.