Fast broad­band a big step closer

Suc­cess­ful roll out for Con­nected Coun­ties project

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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