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DERBYSHIRE: Broadband transformation moves closer

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Derbyshire’s biggest ever broadband transformation has moved a step closer after being given the go-ahead to move forward.

Derbyshire’s biggest ever broadband transformation has moved a step closer after being given the go-ahead to move forward.

We are leading the Digital Derbyshire programme which will invest at least £14.78m to bring the county’s biggest ever broadband improvement by 2015.

The programme, which is part of the Government’s Broadband Development UK (BDUK) scheme, has now been given permission to move to the procurement phase.

It means Digital Derbyshire is carrying out an Open Market Review − consulting commercial companies to establish what broadband provision is currently available and what plans there are for improvements in the next three years.

Areas where provision is lacking will then be identified as potential zones for Digital Derbyshire investment.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“We’ve had fantastic backing for our Digital Derbyshire programme and getting the go-ahead to enter the procurement phase is another major step forward.

“Residents and businesses have showed a strong demand for better broadband right across the county.

“We recognise their frustrations with no connectivity and slow speeds and that is why we have made it a priority to drive improvements in areas which have been left behind because they are unattractive for commercial investment alone.

“We were one of the first authorities to have our local broadband plan approved by BDUK and this announcement again shows the progress we are making to keep us at the forefront of this exciting project.”

Around 180,000 Derbyshire properties are in so called ‘white areas’ where speeds are currently less than 2Mbps.

 

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