Digital Durham which is the umbrella group for County Durham and a number of other councils that is working with BT to increase coverage of superfast broadband in their respective areas has declared their belief that the first phase of the improvements will rolled out around one month ahead of schedule.
The first phase involves areas of Bishop Auckland, Cockfield, Consett, Durham, Sacriston, Sherburn Hill, Shildon, Spennymoor, Staindrop, Thornley, West Auckland and Willington. The first cabinet actually went live in December 2013 and other cabinets are slowly being announced on their twitter feed.
It seems that the news in the Northern Echo is more about the project ramping up the scale of activity so that rather than the odd one or two cabinets, they will from March 2014 be rolling out the cabinets swiftly and with an expected 700 cabinets to be deployed there is a lot of work to be done to get superfast coverage up to 94% by the end of 2016 (a higher percentage will be connected to FTTC but not get superfast speeds).
The first large phase comprises some 9,000 premises and efforts to secure more money to take coverage deeper into rural areas continues. Apparently there has been several stalled attempts to access £1m of RCBF money, but another attempt will be made by the end of February.
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