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120,000 properties to benefit from broadband funding in Nottinghamshire
Monday 12 December 2011 09:41:13 by Andrew Ferguson

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:

  • Ashfield - 4,125
  • Bassetlaw - 47,799
  • Broxtowe - 5,031
  • Gedling - 5,336
  • Mansfield - 9,415
  • Newark and Sherwood - 32,626
  • Rushcliffe - 14,540

The aim is to start actually connecting businesses and properties to better broadband by the end of 2012.

Comments

Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Its amazing how many in every county have such poor service, when ofcom have assured us all for years that over 99% of us can get 'broadband'.
I always thought the 1% who couldn't must live in Lancashire.
How is Nottinghamshire going to deliver this service? Is it going to give the money to BT like other councils so they can upgrade their exchanges to give 'superfast' to those who already have a connection or is it going to concentrate on helping those who don't? Does anyone know?
Posted by michaels_perry over 5 years ago
Having once lived in Nottinghamshire, I am not surprised that the 3 poorest areas are the mainly rural areas! Rushcliffe covers the countryside south of the city and is mainly 2 small towns, lots of small villages and loads of hamlets and isolated houses. So low density = low priority and poor BB. Bassetlaw is around Worksop area and Newark.Sherwood is the east of the county, all very rural so low priority it seems.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
@cd:Maths looking a bit weak today?

1% of the UK population is over 600,000 people.

Considering that the article suggests that those figures include 'slow' broadband rather than just 'no broadband' I don't see any disparity. Still seems perfectly reasonable to suggest that 99% of the population has access to broadband.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
@CD

Dial-up is up to 128kps.

Broadband was anything faster than 128 kps and now with the rider "less than 24 Mbps".

So OFCOM is correct that 99% can access broadband as it has always been defined... just it's not your definition of broadband.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Dialup is up to 56kbps
Dual ISDN is 128Kbps

Broadband by Ofcom starts at 250Kbps.
USC is 2Mbps
Superfast is faster than 24Mbps, i.e. excludes single line ADSL2+, but could included bonded ADSL2+
Posted by AlconburyTelecom over 5 years ago
They must be dreaming - £70 per property will get them a piece of string, Digital Britain estimated £1,750 per rural property, we now have a solution, FTTC for 3 PCPs around £250 per property plus BT Openreach connection fees per property £150.
Posted by mlee55 over 5 years ago
I live in Newark & Sherwood.

I am not holding my breath.

Enough said.
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