The campaign to bring superfast broadband to the county has launched a new website as it prepares to appoint a provider to develop services.
The site – www.inorthumber land.org.uk – has been redesigned to provide more specific, localised information as the programme gears up to begin roll-out in 2013.
Programme director Stephen Gray said: “Since we launched 12 months ago, the most commonly asked question has been ‘What does this mean for me? When will my street get it?’ Up until now, we’ve had very little information to share with people but once we have completed our procurement process and appointed a commercial partner in the spring of next year, we will have a much clearer idea of the schedule.”
Bringing better broadband to every premises in the county by 2020 means that a sequential programme of work will take place over the next few years.
John Cooper, community engagement officer, explained that people can enter their postcode and find information on the campaign in their area, including whether superfast broadband is currently available and demand levels.
“Once we have appointed a partner early next year, we will be sharing information on when the services will be coming to different telephone exchanges,” he added.