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Harborough agrees £530k broadband fund

Monday, December 10th 2012 by Paul France
Harborough District Council unveils £530k broadband funding

Councillors in Harborough have announced a £530,000 investment in broadband infrastructure.

Harborough District Council (HDC) has agreed a £530,000 funding package to significantly boost broadband speeds across the area.

The local authority agreed last week to invest the money in Leicestershire County Council's super-fast broadband project, meaning Harborough will be included in the first phase of work to improve communications infrastructure, reports the Harborough Mail.

Under the £6 million county council initiative, next-generation connectivity will be extended to 90 per cent of Leicestershire by 2015, followed by the remaining ten per cent of properties by 2017.

The project is designed to bring the benefits of faster internet access to rural communities, many of which would miss out in commercial deployments.

Although BT is planning to spend £2.5 billion on rolling out fibre optic broadband across the country, the investment is only set to extend coverage to two-thirds of the UK.

Neil Bannister, representative for the Dunton ward at HDC, has been a staunch advocate of the need for faster broadband services. "This will provide a vital boost to businesses as well as boosting rural communities," he told fellow councillors at a meeting last week.

Council leader Michael Rook added: "This is absolutely essential for the development of this district in the coming years."

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