A partnership of eight local authorities operating under the group name of CSW Broadband has signed its BDUK deal with BT at Warwick's historic Lord Lycester Hospital which should result in better broadband for the people of Coventry, Solihill and Warwickshire.
The deal comprises £5.67m from BT, £4.45m from the central BDUK fund, £3m from Warwickshire and the remaining funds (£1.45m) from the other local authorities. The eventual aim is that the project will extend superfast coverage from the current commercial levels to some 91% of homes and businesses. The end result is that 40,000 premises should benefit from a service that is faster than 24 Mbps, with those in the remaining 9% receiving at least a 2 Mbps service in 2015.
"This is a major landmark in securing the future competitiveness of our area. We have been working for a long time to get to this stage and, thanks to the information provided to the team by our local broadband champions and by residents and communities we have been able to negotiate the best possible deal.
Good broadband connections are essential to modern life, whether for work, leisure or learning. Our rural businesses need broadband to be able to compete in today’s increasingly global environment, and in a rural area like Warwickshire travelling can often be difficult, so that being able to work or learn from home can make a real difference to the quality of peoples’ lives."Warwickshire County Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Alan Cockburn
The CSW Broadband website has a whats happening section that should help to update people in the area as to when to expect improvements, though this is still to update to reflect the signing of the contract.