BT has agreed to provide superfast broadband to 95 percent of Derbyshire County by 2016. As part as of the Digital Derbyshire programme, the £26.7 million Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) agreement will see 88,000 premises currently not covered by the commercial deployment of fibre in Derbyshire given access to faster broadband, while the intention is that all homes and businesses receive at least 2Mbps.
BT will pay £12.87 million towards the project, Derbyshire County Council £4.9 million, while £7.4 million will come from BDUK and another £2.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund.
The first areas are expected to be upgraded in 2014, with BT Openreach engineers poised to begin survey work on the best way to roll out the network.
The council said the development will attract business to the county and improve the lives of residents.
Source: Tech Week Europe
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