Council prepares to get county on the superfast highway

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The vast majority of county residents could have superfast broadband by 2015.

Next Wednesday Northants County Council will discuss proposals to accept British Telecom as the preferred supplier to deliver superfast broadband infrastructure across the county.

By 2015 NCC want 90 per cent of the county to have connection speeds of 24Mbps or more.

In addition they want 100 per cent of people to have access to at least 2Mbps.

The superfast connections will be made possible by the deployment of Next Generation Access (NGA) infrastructure through the ‘superfast Northamptonshire’ project.

NCC also plans to work with BT, county groups and businesses to find further gap funding in support of its ultimate ambition to provide 100 per cent NGA coverage by the end of 2017. By then the system may be capable of speeds of 30Mbps and above.

Last year the county council announced that Northants Project was only the fifth to receive the green light nationally to use the Government’s Broadband Framework, managed by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), to procure an industry partner to co-invest in the county.

BDUK has allocated £4.08 million of funding for the Northants initiative, which will be matched by NCC.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure said: “This will have huge advantages for Northamptonshire as it will allow the county to be a strong competitor in the global digital economy and allow everyone to have access to new and improved services that are increasingly available online.”