The government’s Department for Digital , Culture , Media and Sport (DCMS) has awarded Rutland County Council Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) funding to help roll out the next generation of faster, full fibre broadband connections to eligible public buildings including schools , libraries , medical centres , community shops and village halls.
Full fibre broadband is even quicker and more reliable than current superfast internet and capable of satisfying the UK’s growing demand for online services for many years to come.
By supporting full fibre connectivity to public buildings, the LFFN Challenge Fund aims to make it easier for broadband companies to provide commercial full fibre packages to homes and businesses, as well as supporting the delivery of future 5G mobile broadband services.
Following a successful bid to the LFFN Challenge Fund and completion of an OJEU compliant procurement process to identify a supplier, the Council has awarded the contract to British Telecommunications plc.
The programme to deliver full fibre network upgrades to 55 public sector sites successfully completed on time (by the target date of 31 March 2021) and within the £1.78 million grant funding allocation made available to the Council from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
The 55 public sites include:
- 15 Primary Schools/Academies
- 7 GP Practices/Medical Centres
- 24 Village Halls/Town Halls/Community Shops
- 9 Council Buildings
The new full fibre networks to these sites will allow better services to be taken up, helps stimulate further commercial roll-out and supports further deployment under the Project Gigabit and Gigabit Voucher Scheme approaches.
Further details of those programmes are available on our Digital Rutland pages.