Council signs £5million superfast broadband deal

East Riding Council logo
East Riding Council logo

Superfast fibre broadband, delivering speeds of 24Mbps and above, will be rolled out to a further 4,500 homes and businesses in the East Riding within the next two years as a result of a further £5.4million investment.

The project, Broadband East Riding, has already connected more than 38,000 properties to superfast broadband under the first phase of the programme, with more properties set to be connected by December this year. The second phase of the programme will see an additional 4,500 properties connected to superfast broadband by December 2017. BT has been chosen to partner with East Riding Council following a procurement exercise through the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) National Procurement Framework, with BDUK contributing £5million and the remainder of the investment coming from BT. John Skidmore, director of corporate strategy and commissioning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Following discussions with the Government in late 2014, the council was given the green light to progress with a second phase of Broadband East Riding, which can now start to be rolled out following the appointment of BT. Broadband East Riding is an excellent example of the public and private sector working together for the benefit of residents and customers.”

BT through the Broadband East Riding project will announce the installation schedule for the £5million extension programme within the coming months, with work beginning early 2016.