The County Council has secured £300,000 of ERDF funding which it will use to fund a small pilot scheme to assess deployment solutions for a wider roll-out across the county of superfast broadband services under the BDUK projects. Three main areas have been selected, with these being the “Wolds” area includes Binbrook, Legbourne and Ludford wards. The “Coast” area includes Chapel St Leonards, Willoughby with Sloothby, and Ingoldmells wards. The “Fens and Coast” area includes Old Leake and Wrangle, Frithville, Stickney, and Sibsey wards.
The timescale is such that the contract(s) should be awarded in early summer with the pilots going live towards the end of summer 2012 or in the autumn. In terms of what services people can expect, apparently fibre to the cabinet, wireless and/or satellite based services are to be considered. Though we would add that we presume satellite is only a measure of last resort as it does not meet the superfast broadband 25 Mbps or faster target.