Bad broadband in East Cleveland - stand up and be counted
While the big bold headlines are all about the fact that the BDUK target of 90% with access to superfast by May 2015 may miss its targets and not hit 90% until May 2016, there are lots of rural areas that have no plan at all beyond a vague wave of the arms saying you will get 2 Mbps. It is into this gap that varies in size from county to county, but nationally will still be 5% in 2017 (around 1.3 million premises) that the Rural Community Broadband Fund steps in and the latest project to surface covers the deeply rural parts of East Cleveland.
The project is being driven by Redcar and Cleveland Council who are looking for some £300,000 from the RCBF and needs residents and businesses in the proposed project area to express their desire for better broadband in the area, as without this 'evidence' the project will not go ahead. Given the likely poor state of connectivity in the area it is good to see the council is going to use a more traditional mail drop which properties should receive by 14th September.
The best map for the project is the one on the council's own website which shows the project outline skirting around the areas likely to be covered by the larger BDUK project, and while there are lots of woods such as Ness Hagg Wood and Goat Scar Wood there are small villages such as Liverton and Moorsholm, as well as farms down the atypical half mile long lane.