Confirmation has been given to Rutland and Suffolk of the £710,000 and £11.68m of funding respectively from the BDUK to ensure superfast broadband coverage in the areas. The areas have been described as being national broadband champions, with the aim that they will show other areas what is possible and with the talk of being fast-tracked one hopes to see results sooner rather than later.
Rutland has around 15,000 homes and while the funding appears small, they are aiming to attract another £1.2 million from private investors. Rutland Telecom back in June announced a plan that could blanket fibre coverage of the county, where they already offer FTTC services, though it is not clear whether they are the chosen provider for any of this roll-out.
The aim in Rutland is to get superfast broadband to 99% of properties, in Suffolk they are aiming for an 80% coverage figure at speeds over 20Mbps, with the remainder receiving a fixed wireless broadband service. Suffolk Council is investing some £10 million in the scheme too.