Up to 10,000 homes across Northumberland will not have access to broadband speeds of 15 megabytes or above by 2017, councillors have been told.
John Cooper, of iNorthumberland, delivered the news during Monday’s north area committee meeting in Warkworth, as part of a presentation about superfast broadband in the county.
He saidd that these properties would be spread throughout Northumberland, but added that attempts are being made to address the situation.
“We are trying to secure additional funding, use clawback funding from high levels of take-up to reinvest, help businesses to access connection vouchers for wireless or fibre-leased line services and support access to satellite-broadband systems,” he said.
Coun Glen Sanderson said the progress being made on broadband speeds in the county was welcome, but was concerned about the 10,000 properties which could be impacted.
He said: “These people need to know what their position is and the timescales they may or may not be working to.”
A contract is expected to be signed with BT at the end of May for iNorthumberland’s second phase of broadband rollout. Areas likely to be targeted in 2016/17 include Lucker, Denwick, Craster, Rennington and Rock, among other places, as well as plugging the gaps in Belford.
○ BT is working to resolve problems facing customers who are receiving superfast broadband intermittently, by installing extra connections across its UK network.