Superfast Broadband for more homes
Thousands more homes in Bedford Borough are set to receive
access to Superfast Broadband through to 2017.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, has confirmed his
support for the national Superfast Extension Programme, which will
see 95% of homes in Bedford Borough given access to Superfast
Bedford Borough Council has already been involved successfully
in the first phase of the Government’s national broadband project
to make superfast broadband available to 90% of homes by 2016 and
broadband speeds of at least 2 Mbps available to all homes.
That programme will deliver superfast broadband to an extra
8,000 homes by 2016. The Council’s involvement in the national
extension programme to reach 95% of premises, including
match-funding the project locally, means thousands more homes,
especially in rural parts of the borough, will be included.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Widening access
to faster broadband across Bedford Borough will make a huge
difference for businesses, families, older people and other
residents across the Borough, especially in rural areas.
“Our successful involvement in the first phase of the programme
will result in every single home in Bedford Borough receiving
access to broadband speeds of at least 2 Mbps, with over 8,000 more
homes and businesses receiving superfast broadband by
“We will now make sure the national Superfast Extension
Programme to reach at least 95% of households is delivered in full
here in the Borough, bringing superfast broadband to many thousands
more homes and businesses in the borough.”
Bedford Borough Council will provide match funding for the
Superfast Extension Programme and will support its delivery.
In addition, Bedford Borough Council is currently working with
Redraw Internet and one of its resellers Stoddenworld to put
together a bid for additional funding to deliver superfast
broadband to the most rural and dispersed communities in the
borough. This ‘Innovation Fund’ competition opens in March with
decisions made to enable a summer 2014 start on delivery.
For more information on broadband in Bedford Borough,
please visit: www.bedford.gov.uk/broadband.
Broadband is classified as ‘Superfast’ for speeds of greater
than 24 Megabits per second.