A £5.5m boost will speed up superfast broadband

The Government has praised Northants County Council's ambition
The Government has praised Northants County Council's ambition
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Superfast broadband will be arriving at homes sooner than expected after a £5.5 million boost from the Government.

The Superfast Northamptonshire project aims to bring complete coverage to even the hardest to reach parts of the county by 2017.

But the Government has awarded Northants County Council the cash boost to speed up the process to reflect its ‘readiness and ambition’.

Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for economic growth and infrastructure, described it as ‘great news’.

He said: “We are becoming more reliant on the internet, particularly for business but also in home life, leisure as well as the provision of services like education and healthcare.

“In the coming years it will be unthinkable to not have adequate broadband speeds and this project is making sure that we’re ready.”

The first stage is being delivered through the county’s partnership with BT.

It will mean more than 50,000 homes and businesses in Northants will benefit from access to superfast broadband by September 2015.

But with the windfall, a further 30,000 homes are expected to benefit.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “I’m hugely impressed with the Superfast Northamptonshire project and they are thoroughly deserving of this additional investment.”