May 26 2013 Latest news:
By Simon Wesson, Reporter
Thursday, February 23, 2012
BROADBAND internet speeds are set to soar over the next few years thanks to a £1.11m grant.
Hertfordshire County Council, along with Buckinghamshire, have landed £3.07m worth of funding to see the roll-out of the next generation superfast (at least) 24 mega-bites per second broadband for communities and businesses by 2015.
Activities will begin over the next few months towards procurement later this year to extend the superfast coverage.
The dual county project will then be put out to bidding suppliers, with groundwork expected to begin in 2013.
The Government, through its Broadband Delivery UK initiative, is investing £530 million nationally to ensure the UK has the best network in Europe by 2015. It wants every UK resident to be able to access 2Mbps broadband speeds and 90 per cent of the country to get superfast broadband.
Cllr David Lloyd, the council’s cabinet member for resources and economic wellbeing, said: “It is as important for us now as installing mains water was in the 19th century; it’s a vital piece of infrastructure.”
He added he was “delighted” the instalment would make Hertfordshire businesses more competitive.