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Worcestershire County Council setting broadband targets
Friday 02 December 2011 17:46:26 by Andrew Ferguson

Another County Council has set out its broadband plan with the objective of 'faster broadband for all by 2015'. The three keys aims are:

  • 90% of businesses in Worcestershire to have the ability to access Superfast Broadband by 2015
  • Everyone in the county to have access to broadband speeds of at least 2 Mbps
  • Superfast broadband available for 90% of the County by 2015.

"Through the BOLD Programme we are working to deliver the substantial savings required. Investment in the provision of Broadband, however, is a good example of how the organisation is making use of resources to plan for the future. We will, of course, look to access available funding and investment to help us achieve the vision of faster Broadband for all by 2015.

We will also continue to use digital technology to make improvements, facilitate savings and streamline our own services whilst focusing on the needs of the people of Worcestershire."

Cllr David Thain, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Transformation and Change

The council cabinet has given an indicative allocation of £8.5 million towards this goal, and assuming the plans are approved by the BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK) they will gain access to the £3.3m of BDUK funding, funding of £400,000 from the Green Infrastructure Fund and £300,000 from sustainable transport funding is available too.

It is interesting to see a council drawing on transport and green funding, which may be a recognition that good broadband can help to reduce the amount of travel people need to make. The County has a population of around 550,000, of which some 220,000 live in Worcester, Redditch and Kidderminster, where either Openreach FTTC or Virgin Media cable is widely available and Ofcom stats show the county has superfast broadband available to 59%. This means with the current level of funding it works out at around £100 per property, or £200 if operators were to match fund.

Comments

Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
2mbps? that's weak as piss, is everyone who works on the council still on dial up?

2MBPS IS NOT SUPERFAST!!!!
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Creaky... I suppose you propose to print money to pay for the 100% connection to fibre-based BB?
Posted by TavistockSFB01822 over 5 years ago
There are many taxes, part of which could be used to support the final third. When you spend 37 Billion on 16 days of Olympic Games - when it would cost 2.5 Billion FTTC for the final third. What would benefit the Country more?
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Try £9 billion for both the London Olympics and paraolympics... I think your figures are those for the UK defence budget.
Posted by fastman over 5 years ago
2 meg at minimum is to ensure every one meets min standard -- winning answer to a bid is max NGA (>25) and min of any 2 men gfor any one less than that -- i suspect that BDUK bids will need to be able to prove both
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
well we found 60 billion to bail out the greedy bankers, and what good did that do?
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
@creakycopperline +1 & they still have the tax payers money, as they ain't repaid their debt yet, but they are paying bonuses again, that's partly why this country is so skint,about time they re-payed into the public pot, so our health services,ect aren't cut into oblivion
Posted by Mauro_Balbino over 5 years ago
"It is interesting to see a council drawing on transport and green funding, which may be a recognition that good broadband can help to reduce the amount of travel people need to make."

Good broadband??

Meanwhile, Mr Hardman cuts buses to Royal Worcs., waste collection, CCTV policing because we are all IT literate now with a speed of 2Mbps...
Posted by johnankrett over 5 years ago
As someone who is running a small business in Worcestershier (though ony 15 miles from the centre of Birmingham...) on a flakey 400-500k ADSL line, I am quite looking forward to 2mb.

As the crow flies I am 3km from the Bromsgrove exchange and 800 metres from an FTTC cabinet, but when they tried to install a FTTC connection they decided the line was not good enough - so I am stuck...
Posted by dj_diddler over 5 years ago
@Mauro_Balbino - Any articles to back up your comments on cuts to other services?

Its BT who are the villains of this piece once more, they are cherry picking which areas are enabled for faster broadband to maximise revenue whilst leaving other areas on older technology.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
In terms of Broadband provision BT is under the same obligations as Virgin Media and any other telecommunications provider, i.e. no obligation.

UK still has a USO of 28Kbps which can be meet with a phone line, or 2G mobile.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
@creaky:Re the 'greedy bankers':We don't know how much good it did because there's no way of knowing what would have happened if they hadn't done that.

Please wise up:Just because someone picks a strategy doesn't mean it will cure everything. Sometimes the best you can do is damage limitation.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Infrastructure investment is a tad different to bank rescues...
The previous lack of ring-fencing of customer funds, meant that any debt bought off a failed ban could end up anywhere. Which is not good if a customer suddenly finds that their new "lender" wants to be repaid sooner... or worse people's savings disappearing (which could have happened with the Icelandic banks).
Hence, why banks had to be saved...
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