120,000 properties to benefit from broadband funding in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire is the latest County Council to start to layout its plans for the allocated BDUK funding. Nottinghamshire has some £4.25 million allocated to it, and the County Council plans to add £2.15 million to this fund, and is now contacting the various district councils to get them to add their share, boosting the fund to some £8.5 million.
The current situation in Nottinghamshire is that some 23.7% (approx. 120,000) properties have access to slow (less than 2 Mbps) or no broadband at all. So while £8.5 million sounds a lot, it is only around £70 per property, and if the commercial partner matches the funding this could double.
The breakdown of how the badly served properties are spread around the county is shown below:
- Ashfield - 4,125
- Bassetlaw - 47,799
- Broxtowe - 5,031
- Gedling - 5,336
- Mansfield - 9,415
- Newark and Sherwood - 32,626
- Rushcliffe - 14,540
The aim is to start actually connecting businesses and properties to better broadband by the end of 2012.