Superfast broadband for (nearly) all of us


Some 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Central Beds will have access to superfast broadband by 2017.

Central Beds Council has approved an extra £1m in funding to extend its current roll-out of superfast broadband infrastructure.

This is in addition to the £1.2bn already invested in the area by the council and government.

The news follows the government’s announcement that £250m is to be spent nationally to improve broadband services in remote and rural areas as part of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Councillor Richard Wenham, deputy executive member for corporate resources at Central Beds Council said: “At the end of last year we announced the great news that around 15,500 homes and business premises in Central Bedfordshire were set to benefit from access to superfast broadband.

“But we’ve always maintained that we want to go further and secure extra funding to maximise the coverage in our area.

“This additional investment that we’ve agreed, as well as the contribution from BDUK, means we can work to push our overall superfast access to at least 95 per cent of premises – something that could completely transform the way people live and work.”