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Fibre broadband boost for Nottinghamshire villages

Thursday, November 5th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

More than 130 towns and villages in Nottinghamshire will get superfast speeds as part of the rollout of fibre broadband in the county.

The communities will either get fibre for the first time, or have their current broadband boosted to superfast speeds by 2018 as part of the second phase of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme.

More than 17,000 homes and businesses will benefit from the extra £9.2m investment in the programme, which is a partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and BT.

Communities in each district of the county will be upgraded but the majority of improvements will be aimed at the rural districts of Bassetlaw, and Newark and Sherwood, the county council said.

A timetable for delivery of the programme in each area is being developed and will be announced later this year.

Areas that will benefit from the extension to the rollout will include the Bassetlaw villages of Bothamsall, Normanton-on-Trent and Lound, where 95% of premises will be able to access fibre. These areas currently have no fibre broadband coverage.

Strelley in Broxtowe will see its coverage increase from less than 10% to more than 80%, programme organisers said, while fibre will also be taken to Fiskerton cum Morton and Kneesall, Hockerton and Syerston, all in Newark and Sherwood.

Residents in Lilley Close in Selston – the only street in the village not yet to get access to fibre – will also get upgraded.

The second BBfN contract is funded by organisations including Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, BT and Nottinghamshire County Council.

It builds on the project’s first contract, worth £19.8m, which has provided broadband access to more than 50,000 homes and businesses since June last year.

'Pole position'

By the time the work is completed in Spring 2018, more than 80,000 properties will be covered by BBfN.

Combined with commercial coverage in the county, it will mean 98% of Nottinghamshire premises will have access to fibre.

Councillor Diana Meale, chair of the county council’s economic development committee, said: “I am delighted that we are in a position to announce the towns and villages where we will be rolling out our next phase of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme, which is one of the largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects ever delivered in the county.

“In many instances, people and businesses living in those towns and villages have been unable to access the online services, learning, communication and opportunities that many of us now take for granted – but not for much longer.

"Digital connectivity is vital to future economic prosperity of Nottinghamshire.

“With 98% fibre coverage in the county by 2018, our county is at the forefront of digital connectivity in the UK, putting us in pole position to attract the growth and jobs that good broadband will support.”

Picture courtesy of Andrew Hill.

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