Further broadband boost
Nearly £1million in match funding is expected to be made
available by Bedford Borough Council, to help superfast broadband
reach thousands more homes and businesses.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, has confirmed the
Council's support for the allocation of £990,000 of match funding
to ensure Bedford Borough receives the full benefit of the
government’s 'Superfast Extension Programme.'
With Bedford Borough's successful inclusion in the current
'Rural Broadband Programme' to roll out Superfast to 90% of
premises and at least basic broadband to all, the Superfast
Extension Programme will now see Superfast access expanded to at
least 95% of properties by 2017.
Bedford Borough Council is currently involved in the first phase
of the Government’s national broadband project to make superfast
broadband available to 90% of homes and businesses by 2016 and
broadband speeds of at least 2 Mbps available to all homes and
The Council’s involvement in the national extension programme to
reach 95% of premises, including match-funding the project locally,
means thousands more homes and businesses, especially in rural
parts of the borough, will be included by 2017. The Council remains
committed to delivering superfast broadband to 100% of homes and
businesses in the borough by 2020.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “I think all
communities across Bedford borough should have access to Superfast
broadband, and this project will go a long way towards achieving
“Slow or disrupted internet access is hugely damaging to rural
businesses and makes what should be routine work or personal tasks
increasingly difficult for rural residents.
“While the big broadband providers are reluctant to invest in
less densely populated areas, we will keep working on their behalf
in order that as soon as possible this problem for rural households
is eradicated completely."
For more information on broadband in Bedford Borough, please
Broadband is classified as ‘Superfast’ for speeds of greater
than 24 Megabits per second, while ‘basic broadband’ is defined as
greater than 2Mbps.