Superfast broadband contract award 'weeks away'

Wed 3 April 2013, 6:06 pm

A contract to ensure that 90 per cent of Berkshire has access to superfast broadband within the next three years is expected to be awarded this summer, Reading Council has said.

The move, designed to ensure that an estimated 47,000 mostly-rural homes and business have access to good internet connections is being paid for with around £3 million in government and local funding.

A just-closed consultation sought to identify other schemes for superfast broadband  in the county is the final stage in consolidating the Superfast Berkshire Plan.

Reading said that following analysis of the results it was planned that a contract for the project could be awarded this summer, with implementation expected to begin later this year.

Councillor Jan Gavin, who leads on community engagement and service transformation at the authority, said the project was extremely worthwhile.

“Improving superfast broadband coverage in Berkshire is vital to our continuing economic growth as a regional centre and an increasingly important part of everyone’s everyday life," she said.

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