Published on January 31st, 2013 | by nizam0
£35.6m Superfast Broadband Deal in South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Has Been Finalised
Wiltshire Council, in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, has announced a multi-million pound project to bring world-class broadband to Wiltshire. The agreement as a whole is worth £35.6 million and is expected to provide ‘superfast’ broadband to 94% of premises across South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
The deal will aims to provide homes and businesses in Wiltshire to access fastest broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps by March 2016 with over 104,000 homes set to benefit. The work expected to start this autumn and the first exchanges due to go live in spring, 2014.
John Thomson, Wiltshire Councils cabinet member for communities said “Today’s announcement will see Wiltshire becoming one of the most fibre-enabled counties in the country, after struggling with slower broadband speeds in the past. This project will really put the county on the map, attracting more businesses, helping existing ones grow and enabling rural properties become less isolated.”
The agreement is made up of several chunks of funding, ranging from £4.6m from the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, £15.5m from Wiltshire Council, £2m from South Gloucestershire Council, £12.8m from BT and £0.74m will come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).