The county of Rutland should start to see things happening soon hopefully now that the contract for providing superfast broadband in the county has been awarded. At a meeting on 19th March 2012 councillors voted to award the contract for the Digital Rutland Project to BT, with the caveat that EC State Aid approval is received.
The councils aim is for 90% of the county to receive speeds of 25 Mbps or faster Mbps, and the remaining harder to reach properties receiving something in the range 2 Mbps to 24 Mbps. Some £710,000 was awarded to the area by the BDUK, and the the council is to borrow £2.3m from the Public Works Loan Board, additional funds will come from BT.
The timescale is such that there is now a pause while State Aid approval is given, and a timescale of 12 months to deploy the network with this work commencing in October 2012.