Super-fast broadband on its way

SUPER-fast Internet access is set to become available to households and businesses across Hucknall and Bulwell — thanks to two multi-million pound schemes.

Firstly, BT is rolling out its faster fibre broadband in the New Year when 116,000 extra homes across Nottinghamshire will benefit, including some in Hucknall and Bulwell.

Also, Notts County Council has pledged £2.15 million as part of a ‘vision’ to boost broadband services.

Households which have limited or no Internet access or are isolated from broadband networks will be targeted.

The focus of the county council-led scheme will be those homes and firms which will not benefit from the BT initiative.

Coun Keith Girling (Con), deputy lead member for culture and community at the county council, said: “Super-fast broadband is critical to the county’s economic growth as it helps businesses to prosper by allowing them to access new markets and develop new products and services.

“The Internet is an essential tool for modern life. You can now pay bills, organise your weekly food-shopping and work from home at the touch of a button.”

Coun Girling added that it was uneconomical for Internet providers to make broadband improvements in more isolated parts of the county. This is why the county council has committed the funding.

In August, the government made a provisional allocation of £4.25 million for broadband improvements in Nottinghamshire where almost one in four housholds has limited or no broadband, particularly in rural areas.

County Hall is also seeking £2.1 million in contributions from district and borough councils and Nottingham City Council as part of the project.

Each contribution is based on the number of properties set to benefit from the improved broadband.

The company appointed to carry out the work will be expected to stump up £8.5 million.