A partnership of five councils led by Liverpool City Council has signed a £15.9m contract with BT to make high-speed fibre broadband available to 98% of homes and businesses in Merseyside by the end of July 2016. About 89% of premises should be able to access 'superfast' speeds of 24Mbps and above by the end of the project.
The project is being funded by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) (£5.46m) and the European Regional Development Fund (£4.4m). BT is contributing £6m. Interestingly, the councils are not contributing towards the project.
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