All systems go for superfast broadband in rural Rugby areas by 2015

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A PLAN for improved broadband connectivity in the rural areas has been given the green light by the Government.

The sub-regional Local Broadband Plan, which has been prepared by Warwickshire County Council, outlines the current broadband provision and the sub-regional approach to improving broadband speeds. The plan was officially approved by Government delivery body Broadband Delivery UK

(BDUK) last week.

The county council has already allocated £3 million towards match funding the £4.07 million that is being made available to the sub-region by BDUK, which is overseeing the roll-out of superfast broadband across the country. The remainder of the match funding is being met by Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the five districts and boroughs within Warwickshire.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities, said: “The approval of our plan is a key milestone for delivering superfast broadband in our rural communities.

“It is vital for businesses and residents that we have the infrastructure that provides a service that is fit for the future. We now move onto the next stage of making this happen and the aim is to start installing the technology to reach people’s homes and businesses from next year.”

Warwickshire County Council is overseeing the procurement of a wholesale superfast broadband infrastructure across the sub-region in line with the BDUK’s target of reaching 90 per cent of premises in each local authority area. The project team expect to be ready to start the procurement phase of the project by July this year, with roll-out of the enabling infrastructure commencing in 2013.

The county council is recruiting local champions to promote the project within their own villages and to encourage others to sign up. Anyone interested in becoming a champion or requiring further information about the project, can email broadband@warwickshire.gov.uk or call 01926 412984.