Engineering surveys ahead of super-fast broadband roll-out

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Engineering surveys are currently underway ahead of a £18.06 million fibre-optic broadband programme being rolled out in Buckinghamshire.

The project aims to connect areas of Buckinghamshire commercial providers aren’t intending to serve.

The first areas to be upgraded will be as early as the middle of next year and the aim is to reach around 91% of premises with fast fibre-optic broadband and the remainder with at least 2Mbs broadband by 2016.

Buckinghamshire County Council leader Martin Tett said: “We have the highest percentage of small businesses of any county, and for them fast broadband is vitally important.

“Many operate in areas that commercial broadband suppliers won’t be serving, which is why we’re forging ahead with BT to roll out this programme.

“There’s still a gap to plug and if money can be found I would like to aim to increase our target to 95% of premises.

“But we need to keep moving forward, and the government needs to invest in even higher broadband speeds to keep our competitive edge.’

The Connected Counties programme is a partnership funded by Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire County Councils, BT, local enterprise partnerships and the government.