The Government have announced that Bedfordshire will be one of the first places in the country to be connected to the next generation of broadband infrastructure and capable of receiving 'gigabit' speeds.
North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt said: “I am delighted to hear from the Minister for Digital and Creative Industries that Bedfordshire will be one of the first areas to receive this technology. The Government recognises that areas of Bedfordshire are still suffering from poor or non-existent broadband because of their rural nature and recognises the ‘digital divide’ that has impacted our rural communities for too long.
I know many constituents will welcome this positive investment in the area, which will allow them to access the speed and connectivity that they need and deserve.”
The Bedfordshire Superfast Broadband Programme has now reached 96.3% of Bedfordshire and by 2020 all households will be eligible to apply for a minimum of 10Mbps broadband speed. In order to deliver high-quality connections capable of providing gigabit broadband, full replacement of Openreach’s worsening legacy copper network is required.
The Minister, Margot James, comments: “This is an exciting development that will require a coordinated response across central government, local authorities and the suppliers to achieve, and my department is actively planning how it will realign its delivery model to support these objectives.”