Partnership set to up online speeds

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A multi-million pound deal has been made to roll-out high speed fibre broadband to 95 per cent of homes and businesses in the county.

Northumberland County Council and BT have joined forces for an £18.9m project to ensure 95 per cent of premises in the county have access to a fibre optic connection by 2016.

The iNorthumberland broadband programme will be delivered through BT and will see 660km of fibre optic cables laid so that homes and businesses in the county will have access to quicker interent speeds.

Towards the end of the project, BT will also look to work with communities in the final five per cent of the county to see if it can be extended further through innovative collaborative projects.

From May this year, delivery of the broadband project across Northumberland will become the responsibility of development company Arch.

Kate Roe, Northumberland County Council’s deputy chief executive, said: “This is an important step in the campaign to bring faster broadband speeds to every home, business and school in Northumberland.

“Working with BT we will be announcing the installation schedule in the coming months and communities across the county can look forward to improved access to online services and better connectivity for businesses from 2014 onwards.”

Visit www.inorthumberland.org.uk for more details about the iNorthumberland programme.