More than 215,000 homes and businesses can now access high speed broadband – but many businesses are still struggling to access the fibre network. The LEP is investing £7.7million in the rollout of superfast broadband to ensure 77,000 extra homes and businesses will have speeds of more than 24mps by the end of this year.
The aim of the project is for Telford to be one of the first areas in the UK to have 100% fibre broadband coverage by 2020, to support the town’s growth, economic prosperity and digital inclusion. More than 9,323 premises (including 1,398 businesses) that cannot currently access faster fibre broadband will be able to do so through an open access network of providers.
Growth Fund: £1.004m, local authority funding: £989k and other public funding of £1.992m.
The Marches LEP secured an extra £7.7m as an extension to its Growth Deal funding to support the roll-out of the super fast service to more households and businesses, with fresh connections being made on a monthly basis.
Connectivity to broadband is particularly problematic in rural areas. We are aware that much of south and north Shropshire and west Herefordshire has slow broadband (0-10
Mbit/s). In some areas, this accounts for over 80% of premises.
This project will upgrade broadband provision to 64,328 premises in an intervention area of 71,689 (7,644 businesses). This includes target outcomes to provide 51,792 premises with superfast broadband, 9,988 receiving a fibre connection of greater than 2mbps, and 2,548 having access to a basic level of broadband (at least 2mbps).
This project will be fully completed in 2019/20. Find out more in the Connecting Shropshire newsletter.
Growth Deal: £5.022m, local authority: £6,139,312 and other public funding of £4,234,552.
Growth Deal funds have been allocated to broadband projects across the Marches. The Fastershire project in Herefordshire is the procurement of an alternative solution and/or delivery partner aims to reach close to 100% of the residual need for superfast connectivity in Herefordshire. The project aims to overcome market failure in provision of high speed broadband in hard to reach areas.
This project will be fully completed in 2019/20.
Growth Deal: £1.674m, local authority funding: £1m, and other public funding of £8,970,267.
Find out more about broadband in the Marches by viewing the July 2018 briefing to the LEP in the downloads section on this page.