Homes and businesses in the rural area will receive speeds of up to 80 Mbits/sec, with £2.2m of the budget coming from Rutland County Council
Nine out of ten homes and businesses in Rutland will get superfast broadband speeds of up to 80 Mbits/sec with all homes having access to a minimum of 2 Mbits/sec services by the end of next year according to BT.
Currently only a few premises in Rutland can be reached by fibre broadband as part of BT's current commercial rollout plans. However, using funding from the £530m pot managed by BDUK will allow fibre to be rolled out to most of the areas not considered commercially viable.
BT will contribute £800,000 to the project with £2.2m coming from Rutland County Council, which includes £710,000 from BDUK. Rutland County Council has additional funding from other sources to provide fibre to a further seven per cent of the county within the same timescale.
Terry King, deputy leader of Rutland County Council, said: "Rutland is a sparse rural area and getting high-speed affordable fibre broadband to 97 per cent of the county will make a huge difference to the long-term prospects of the area and quality of life for all.
"Broadband coverage in Rutland is poor and in some areas very poor, which is why we need a solution like this for the whole county addressing ‘not spots' [areas that have no broadband coverage at all] and areas the market will not penetrate.
"This will provide benefits for the wider community such as developing education through e-technology and giving residents access to new models of care and social interaction."
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