Cambridgeshire gets £4 million fibre funds boost.
Companies in rural areas of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are to benefit from superfast broadband. This is after a winning £4 million bid for government funding by the Connecting Cambridgeshire digital connectivity programme.
The funding is to further extend the next phase of the broadband rollout to the rural areas of the county. The idea is to provide 99% superfast coverage for counties such as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by the end of 2020. The aim of the project is to help small businesses that do not have such options available to them. The target number set by the Connected Futures project is more than 700 to give a better chance to these businesses who are most in need.
The announcement is made after governments Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review underlined plans to provide rural areas with full fibre broadband.
Rural affairs minister Lord Gardiner said: ‘The funding made available through the rural broadband infrastructure scheme champions our countryside communities and businesses by opening up access to broadband of at least 30Mbps, in some of the most hard-to-reach areas.’
Welcoming the news, County councils economy and environment committee Cllr Ian Bates said: ‘This additional funding will support our existing plans to deliver superfast broadband access to more than 99 per cent of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by the end of 2020, and will help to ensure very rural locations do not miss out on connectivity, which is vital for growth and jobs.’
The plans will be upheld by a £5.6 million investment from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. This is with the added funding from the government of £4million for the local full fibre networks (LFFN).
The Connecting Cambridgeshire roll out has been reached by more than 90% of the country. A third phase is under way with the fourth phase expected within two years.