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Lancashire aims to spend £60m on super-fast broadband
Monday 25 July 2011 13:51:00 by Andrew Ferguson

A bid to obtain funding from the BDUK fund and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been made by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in Lancashire, seeking £13m from BDUK and a further £16.5m from the ERDF.

"The introduction of next-generation broadband across the whole county by 2014 would further unlock the business potential that exists here in Lancashire to generate growth from the economy.

Next-generation broadband could help to transform business by increasing the ability of companies to develop new products and expand into other services."

Edwin Booth, Chairman (LEP)

The LEP hope that the bids will be matched by a similar amount of funding from the private sector. This would create a broadband fund for the county of around £60m. Lancashire has 468,868 households, though perhaps 50% can expect to receive super-fast broadband from commercial operators without any extra funding, thus a £60m pot equates to around £250 per household.

The matched funding from the private sector is something that may prove crucial for the various projects around the UK. This will tend to mean that firms such as Fujitsu and BT are much more likely to win the tenders to implement the networks, particularly as both have publically suggested a willingness to match funding projects.

Comments

Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
Is this the same as Lancs County Council project that's out to tender, additional to, substiture for or .......... ??
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Think they are one in the same thing.

Note: Found better figures for households, so rejigging my maths
Posted by HelenVF over 5 years ago
They aren't getting broadband to every household in Lancs though! Told for a year that it was coming and then it wasn't. Gave up and got satellite broadband but paying twice as much as everyone else! We live 10 miles from a City!!
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