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Broadband cash for Northumberland

Bill Murphy BTs managing director of next generation access, Sir Alan Beith, MP George Eustace, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, cutting the ribbon on Rothbury's first superfast broadband cabinet, and Rothbury Coun Steven Bridgett.

Bill Murphy BTs managing director of next generation access, Sir Alan Beith, MP George Eustace, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, cutting the ribbon on Rothbury's first superfast broadband cabinet, and Rothbury Coun Steven Bridgett.

Northumberland has been successful in a bid for an innovation fund to explore ways to take superfast broadband to the hardest-to-reach places.

The Government announced today that Northumberland has been successful in a bid for innovation fund to explore ways to take superfast broadband to the most remote places in the UK.

The scheme will explore how to expand coverage in remote areas, using a social investment financial model and an operating model which aggregates small rural networks, to ensure no one is left behind in the digital slow lane.

Northumberland has been successful in gaining £450,000 of finance through social investment. This will develop a financing solution to leverage social investment into fibre to the premise and wireless networks in the last five per cent of premises.

MP Sir Alan Beith said: “Local people and the business community regularly talk to me about the problems they have in getting reliable broadband services. Improving our broadband infrastructure is critical to the competitiveness of the economy as a whole and is crucial for growth in rural areas such as ours. There are several rural communities in Northumberland where superfast broadband is urgently needed to enable small businesses to survive and grow.”

 

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