Fast broadband a big step closer
Successful roll out for Connected Counties project
The Connected Counties project, which is supported by Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and Buckinghamshire County Council, has reached a major milestone in the rollout of superfast broadband in Buckinghamshire by providing broadband coverage for 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the county.
The rollout to more than 45,000 homes and businesses in Buckinghamshire was achieved on schedule and under budget.
Board member of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and joint chairman of the Connected Counties Broadband Project Board Michael Garvey said: “We’re delighted with the progress of the roll-out of broadband across Buckinghamshire as high speed fibre broadband is essential if local businesses are to remain competitive. As one of the most productive economies in the country we want to continue to provide the conditions for businesses to thrive at the beating heart of the national economy.”
Managing director of Buckinghamshire Business First Philippa Batting said: “Buckinghamshire has one the largest concentration of small businesses in the country, many of whom work from home or are in rural areas so it is essential that we work together to ensure all businesses across the county can benefit from superfast broadband.
“Thanks Connected programme to the Counties delivered by Buckinghamshire Business First on behalf of Buckinghamshire County Council and local partners, we now have plans in place for almost 95 per cent of the county to receive superfast broadband.”
Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council Martin Tett said: “High speed broadband is a modern life essential, not a luxury, for every resident and business. That’s why it continues to be one of the County Council’s top priorities. It’s good to see that we’ve made great progress connecting residents and businesses in areas that commercial providers would otherwise consider uneconomical, but there’s more work to do to ensure that everyone has access.”
The Connected Counties Broadband partnership started connecting the first premises in Buckinghamshire to fibre broadband as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme just over two years ago.
Since then, engineers from Openreach, BT’s network business, have installed over 200 new road-side cabinets across Buckinghamshire to facilitate coverage across the county.
To see if superfast is available in your area, use the Connected Counties availability checker at www.connectedcounties. org/check-availability.