Superfast broadband coming to over 8,000 homes
More than 8,000 homes in Bedford Borough will receive ‘superfast
broadband’ by 2016 as part of a new local broadband project that
has successfully secured Government funding.
Bedford Borough Council is working in partnership with Central
Bedfordshire Council, Milton Keynes Council, Broadband Delivery UK
(BDUK) and BT Openreach to deliver superfast broadband to homes in
the three local authority areas.
The rollout has been drawn up by BT Openreach and will see
superfast broadband made available over 8,000 homes in Bedford
Borough, in 7 phases until 2016. In addition, the project
will see broadband above 2 Megabits per second made available to
all homes in the Borough that would otherwise still be getting
The Council will continue to push to bring superfast broadband
to homes not included in the superfast rollout by:
• Bidding for a share of the government’s £250 million of
additional funding for superfast broadband
• Support for Bedford being used as a trial location for new
technology to extend superfast broadband access
• Encouraging high broadband take-up as this can generate
funds for extending superfast coverage
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “This is a major
project which will ensure at least basic broadband for all,
including superfast broadband to more than 8,000 extra homes.
Through the project we have secured over £1million of investment
for Bedford Borough and BT’s plans are designed to reach as many
homes as possible.
“Widening access to broadband in Bedford Borough will help
residents and businesses alike and we are working with our local
partners, BDUK and BT Openreach to ensure superfast broadband is
rolled out as far as possible through this project.
“We are also putting plans in place for the remaining homes to
get access to superfast broadband as soon as possible. We are
bidding for additional government funding, supporting efforts for
innovative technology to be trialled in Bedford Borough.”
An online tool is now available for residents of Bedford Borough
to see the new plan for introducing superfast broadband. It is
available at www.bedford.gov.uk/broadband.
Broadband is classified as ‘Superfast’ for speeds of at least 24
Megabits per second.