4:14 p.m. October 31, 2021
North Devon MP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Broadband and Digital Connectivity, Selaine Saxby, hailed a new round of investments in gigabit broadband.
More than half a million additional rural households and businesses will have access to better broadband as part of plans to improve the country’s internet connectivity, Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries said.
An estimated 567,000 hard-to-reach premises in Devon, Dorset, Chesire, Somerset, Essex, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, East Riding and North Yorkshire are expected to benefit from the Gigabit project of £ 5 billion from the government, which is bringing next generation gigabit-enabled broadband across the UK.
The Gigabit project is the largest broadband deployment in UK history and is part of the Prime Minister’s plan to provide communities with the future-proof connectivity they will need over the next 40 years.
Most gigabit compatible connections will be provided over full fiber broadband cables. This provides the speed and reliability needed for multiple people to work from home, stream ultra-high definition video content, and play next-gen online games at the same time.
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The speed increase will help accelerate the country’s recovery from Covid-19, boost high-growth sectors such as tech and creative industries, and enable people to start and run businesses online from anywhere. anywhere in UK.
Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries MP said: ‘The latest step in our £ 5bn Gigabit project plan will help hard-to-reach homes and businesses get out of the slow broadband lane and plug them in. on the fastest, most reliable connections available.
“This investment is shifting into high gear – building new internet connections in our rural communities so people have the speed, reliability and freedom to live and work flexibly, and take advantage of new technologies.”
MP Selaine Saxby said: ‘We have seen an increase in gigabit broadband capacity in North Devon over the past twelve months and although our commercial deployment has increased I welcome this additional government support for help reach the hardest areas get more rural areas via Connecting Devon. and Somerset. We have some excellent ones.
“The community fiber partnerships under development and the huge Openreach investment in Lynton and Lynmouth are also nearing completion. I know it’s frustrating that we can’t connect everyone at the same time, a landline connection to your property may never be viable, but I and all of our providers, public and private, are working hard to upgrade our digital infrastructure.
The latest step in our £ 5 billion Project Gigabit plan will help hard-to-reach homes and businesses get out of the slow broadband lane and plug them in.
The specific locations to benefit from in the announced areas will be named during the call for tenders for connection delivery contracts.