While some have been saying that the deadline for better broadband in the UK has moved, the various BDUK/County Council projects have not moved their deadlines and there is still signing ceremonies taking place. The latest is for the contract for North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, who have signed with BT in a £5.7 million pound project.
The project is set to complete by Spring 2015, delivering fibre based broadband (FTTC) to 89% of premises in the coverage area, extending on the commercial coverage of fibre based services. The financial split is £1.51m from BT, £2.64m from BDUK and £1.557m from the ERDF. We have chased BT to find out how much the two councils are contributing, as this appears to be missing from the press release.
"This is an important step in the campaign to bring faster broadband speeds to every home, business and school in North and North East Lincs. Working with BT we will be announcing the installation schedule in the coming months and communities across the county can look forward to improved access to online services and better connectivity for businesses from 2014 onwards."North Lincolnshire Council spokesperson
No mention is made of any native FTTP roll-out, but fibre on demand which is still only available in limited FTTC areas is mentioned. In theory further updates on the roll-out should appear at www.northlincs.gov.uk/business/northern-lincs-broadband-project eventually.