On 17th April 2013, Northumberland County Council and BT announced an £18.9 million deal to roll out high-speed fibre broadband to 95% of homes and businesses in the county by January 2016.
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91% of Northumberland homes and businesses will have access to superfast speeds. A further 4% of the county will also benefit from a significant improvement in speeds of up to 25 Mbps via the fibre network.
Towards the end of the project, BT will also look to work with communities in the final five per cent to see if fibre can be extended further through innovative collaborative projects.
BT is contributing £2.9 million towards the fibre deployment with Northumberland County Council investing £7 million plus its £7 million share of BDUK funds. The remaining £2 million is coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The first premises are currently expected to be connected in January 2014.
Information on the project and roll-out can be found on the following site:
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