Posted: 05/11/12 by Northamptonshire County Council
Northamptonshire County Council has published a newsletter to update the residents and businesses of Northamptonshire on the superfast Northamptonshire initiative.
The newsletter, available here on pdf, covers the scope of the project and progress towards procuring a supplier to work with the Council to deploy superfast broadband infrastructure across the county.
What is the Superfast Northamptonshire Project?
The Project is driving forward the delivery of Superfast Broadband infrastructure to those parts of the county where it is not viable or sustainable for the commercial market to deliver. These are predominantly, but not exclusively, the rural areas of Northamptonshire. Superfast Broadband will deliver minimum speeds of 24Mbps. The County Council has committed £4.08 million to match the £4.08 million it has secured from Government via Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) towards the project.
A private sector supplier is currently being procured by the County Council to co-invest and deploy Superfast Broadband infrastructure.
A Project Board, chaired by the County Council and involving local stakeholders, has been set up to oversee the Project. This includes representatives from the district and borough councils, the business community, further and higher education institutions, the Northamptonshire Association of Local Councils (providing a key link to local communities) and BDUK.
The County Council has carried out two public consultations with the market in 2012 to determine where broadband infrastructure suppliers are currently operating basic and superfast networks and where they are planning to do so in the next three years. Areas where there is no current or planned provision are known as ‘white’ areas. It is in these areas where public funding can legitimately be invested in partnership with private sector finance to deliver broadband infrastructure.
All of the latest news about the project is available on the Superfast Northamptonshire blog site - http://superfastnorthamptonshire.net/
For further information on anything you have read in the newsletter, contact the County Council’s Broadband Delivery Team at Bigidea@northamptonshire.gov.uk