Herts LEP helps hit latest broadband milestone

                           
24/08/2015
Superfast broadband

The rollout of high-speed fibre broadband by the Connected Counties programme, which has already reached over 11,600 Hertfordshire premises, has helped the Government make superfast broadband available to more than three million UK homes and businesses.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced these latest milestone figures earlier this month.

Connected Counties is the partnership made up of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire county councils and BT. The programme builds on BT’s commercial fibre broadband programme which has already made the high-speed technology available to more than 400,000 households and businesses across the counties.

In May this year the programme received a funding boost of £13.9 million to increase high-speed fibre-optic broadband coverage in the county to more than 98 per cent of premises. A total of £18.06 million has previously been allocated to the programme.

The total programme funding for Hertfordshire was sourced from contributions of £4.68m from Hertfordshire County Council, £1m from Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and a matched funding contribution of £5.17m from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. BT is contributing £8.6 million to be shared across both counties as part of the current programme rollout, and will be contributing £5.9 million over the term of the future rollout in Hertfordshire.

Andrew Percival, chairman of Hertfordshire LEP's Infrastructure Board, said:
“I am delighted that the contribution made by Hertfordshire LEP has been instrumental in addressing significant gaps in the availability of superfast broadband at three of our most significant business parks - Centennial Park, Elstree; Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage; and Maylands Business Park, Hemel Hempstead. Several hundred SMEs now enjoy an uplift in broadband services which is helping to drive commercial growth through better digital connectivity.”

David Williams, Hertfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Education & Skills, said: “We want as many homes and businesses as possible to benefit from the fast and reliable connection that superfast broadband can provide. Every month, we’re seeing the number of people who can access this technology improve and we’re delighted that this programme continues to go from strength to strength.”

For more information visit the Connected Counties website.