Superfast broadband plan for Northamptonshire

Multi-million pound plans to roll out superfast broadband across Northamptonshire have moved a step closer after the county council appointed BT as its preferred supplier.

The county council is aiming for 90% of premises in the county to have superfast (24Mbps and above) broadband speeds by the end of 2015.

The council and Broadband Delivery are each providing £4m towards the project.

Approval for BT as supplier goes before the council's cabinet on 13 February.

Last year the county council announced that the superfast Northamptonshire Project was only the fifth to receive the green light nationally to use the Government's Broadband Framework, managed by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), to procure an industry partner to co-invest in the county.

Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure, said: "I'm delighted that our plan to deliver superfast broadband throughout the county has reached this very significant stage.

"This will have huge advantages for Northamptonshire as it will allow the county to be a strong competitor in the global digital economy and allow everyone to have access to new and improved services that are increasingly available online."

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