Super-fast fibre broadband roll out continues

Up to 97% of Milton Keynes premises will have access to high speed broadband by Spring 2016.

The roll out of superfast broadband to thousands more homes and businesses across Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes is now underway.

The first cabinet in the Milton Keynes area to be enabled with fibre broadband as part of the ‘Central Superfast’ project will be unveiled on 20 June by the Mayor, Cllr Subhan Shafiq.

‘Central Superfast’ is a joint partnership between Bedford Borough Council, Milton Keynes Council and Central Bedfordshire Council and BT and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) the government broadband delivery agency. It aims to build upon the private sector’s roll-out to extend the availability of fibre broadband to 97% of homes and businesses in Milton Keynes by Spring 2016.

Milton Keynes Council is contributing £2.4m into the Central Superfast project with an additional £2m from BDUK and £6.2m from BT.

Around 82% of premises in Milton Keynes already have access to superfast broadband with plans to add another 36,000 to this total across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

In addition, the project aims to ensure broadband speeds of above 2 megabits per second are made available to all homes and businesses that would otherwise still be getting slower speeds.

Cllr Robert Middleton, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said:
“It is vital that we invest in our Superfast Broadband roll out not only because it is crucial to the success of our local businesses, and especially our small business community, but also because as a City our residents are rightly demanding ever greater access to only top class digital infrastructure. The new Cabinet is committed to meeting that challenge over the coming months."

Annette Thorpe, BT’s Regional Partnership Director for the East of England, said:
“We have been working hard to get us to this important milestone. This is an exciting time for Central Superfast and the beginning of a journey that will see the communications landscape completely transformed.

“This project will boost the local economy and help to create and protect local jobs. It will be of enormous benefit to local businesses which can use the faster speeds to improve their competitiveness both within the UK and abroad.”

The first of the new superfast broadband cabinets are being unveiled in the relevant local areas (listed below) and will provide local residents and businesses with access to high speed fibre broadband fast enough to download music in seconds and stream TV shows and films.

This high speed network is available on an open wholesale basis to all communication providers, therefore offering households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.