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£6.4 million boost for Northumberland's broadband plan

Mar 22nd 2017, 10:11 by

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A broadband expansion programme jointly helmed by Northumberland County Council and telecommunication giant BT is to receive an additional £6.4 million in funding which will help to bring superfast broadband to even more premises across the county.

Launched back in 2015, the programme has already managed to successfully provide 54,000 of Northumberland’s homes and businesses with a much faster, smoother internet connection.

BT are set to contribute £4.4 million toward the investment after witnessing first-hand the efficiency of the last phase of the roll-out and just how eager the general public were to receive this kind of superfast broadband.

A further £1 million will be offered up by Northumberland County Council and the UK Government’s Broadband Delivery Programme is also set to match that donation.

"We are absolutely delighted with the success of the broadband roll-out so far and this investment is set to take us even further,” said Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council.

Alwinton, Boulmer, Chillingham, Doxford, Woodhorn, Tritlington, Weldon Bridge and Kirkley are just a few of the locations where the programme will be aiming to bring superfast broadband next.

Northumberland is currently enjoying one of the highest level of superfast broadband take-up in the UK, as more than 40% of premises that’ve been offered this upgrade to superfast broadband have taken it.

“The second phase of Northumberland’s programme continues at pace and now that an extension has been agreed, it makes us more determined than ever to improve broadband speeds as widely as possible across the county,” said Simon Roberson, BT’s North East regional partnership director.

Source: Northumberland Gazette

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