Nottinghamshire is the latest County Council to start to layout its plans for the allocated BDUK funding. Nottinghamshire has some £4.25 million allocated to it, and the County Council plans to add £2.15 million to this fund, and is now contacting the various district councils to get them to add their share, boosting the fund to some £8.5 million.
The current situation in Nottinghamshire is that some 23.7% (approx. 120,000) properties have access to slow (less than 2 Mbps) or no broadband at all. So while £8.5 million sounds a lot, it is only around £70 per property, and if the commercial partner matches the funding this could double.
The breakdown of how the badly served properties are spread around the county is shown below:
The aim is to start actually connecting businesses and properties to better broadband by the end of 2012.