Connected Counties is a multi-million pound partnership between Hertfordshire LEP, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire county councils and BT. The programme has made fibre-optic broadband technology available to more than 64,000 homes and businesses across the two counties and will continue to deliver next generation broadband access over the next two years.

Figures announced recently show a growing number of homes and businesses are using the faster connections in Herts and Bucks. The take up figures for the Connected Counties partnership are on the increase, currently at 41 per cent compared to 20 per cent just 18 months ago. That’s double the amount of homes and businesses which have now taken up superfast broadband and considerably higher than the national average of 30% and one of the top performing in the country.

David Williams, Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Education and Skills, and Hertfordshire LEP Board Member, said: “It’s great news that more people are taking up superfast broadband as a result of the Connected Counties programme. Access to broadband internet is essential for homes and businesses in Hertfordshire. We know our businesses rely on being able to connect with customers and home users increasingly use online streaming services, so a good connection is key.”

Tina Barnard, Chair of Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Infrastructure Board, added: “The success of the Connected Counties programme to date is wonderful news for Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership which is committed to ensuring the county remains perfectly placed for business. We are connecting businesses to their customers and giving them the tools they need to remain competitive and achieve growth. We look forward to witnessing the programme’s continuing success as it expands superfast broadband even further across the county and creates the conditions in which local businesses can prosper.”

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