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Bumper boost to broadband plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

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MILLIONS of pounds in extra funding will be ploughed into Burton and South Derbyshire in a bid to give more people access to superfast broadband.

A total of 1.68 million in Staffordshire and 2.19 million in Derbyshire has been made available as part of £250 million designated by the Government to improve the web offering for people in the area.

The nationwide rollout is a key part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future by providing better access to superfast broadband and it hopes the latest cash booster will bring better internet to more families and businesses in the area.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller said: “Superfast broadband will benefit everyone in Burton and South Derbyshire – whether they need it for work, to do homework or simply to download music or films.

“Thousands of homes and businesses now have access and it is helping people with their everyday tasks. We want to make sure that Britain is one of the best countries in the world for broadband, and the extra £250 million we are investing will help ensure communities around the UK are not left behind in the digital slow lane.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles also backed the plans.

He said: “This Government’s long-term economic plan is accelerating the roll-out of superfast broadband, to help narrow the digital divide and boost local growth.

“We are offering additional central government funding to councils who want to work with us to help increase internet speeds for their local residents and local firms.”

The new funding will be available from March 17 and the Government is asking local authorities to offer support to the project.

Current estimates predict that 95 per cent of the UK will have access to superfast broadband by 2017.

More information on the funding is available by visiting www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk

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