Lancashire County Council announced BT as its partner to bring superfast broadband to those areas of the county that would otherwise not be getting it in January. BT has now issued its press release and confirming the size of its own investment into the project.
BT will contribute £30 million to the project, which will bring the budget to some £62.5 million, and this means that once the project completes by the end of 2014 some £130 million will have been invested in broadband infrastructure in the county.
The goal of getting a mixture of FTTC and FTTP to 97% of the premises in the county by the end of 2014, exceeds the BDUK target of 90%. Although a large percentage will be FTTC, with the FTTP on Demand option those businesses or home owners that need the extra speed of full fibre will the option to upgrade.
A £500,000 fund has been created to improve broadband in the most rural areas, with a pilot taking place east of Lancaster. Independent of this there is the B4rn project which started its fibre dig on Saturday. The area B4rn is working in is likely to be in the 3% not to get fibre from the BT/LCC project so progressing independently to avoid being left with the USC level services makes sense.