While many have seen the Rural Community Broadband Fund (RCBF) as favouring the smaller operators, and delivering more innovative full fibre based solutions, Rothbury and its surrounding areas in Northumberland has now signed up BT to deliver a solution to the area.
The signing of the contract between Northumberland County Council and GreySky Consulting and BT, will see significant investment by BT (precise amount is unknown). The Rothbury area covers some 1,500 to 2,000 premises and the press release indicates that the project should provide some 98% of premises in the area with superfast broadband by the end of 2014.
"This is an important milestone in the campaign to bring super-fast broadband to every home, business and school in Northumberland by 2020. It is very exciting that Rothbury has been chosen as the first place to benefit from the fund and we are sure that as programme rolls-out in Rothbury this can only help other projects in the county, which are set to follow. Since November 2011, when the council launched its iNorthumberland campaign, more than 15,500 people have got behind the campaign by registering their demand for better broadband across the county."Kate Roe, Northumberland County Council’s deputy chief executive
We presume the community led site icoquetdale.co.uk will update in time to provide more detail on the roll-out as plans are moved forward.
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