Date Published: 20 March 2019
Rutland County Council has secured an offer of more than £1.7million of funding from the government’s Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to help roll out the next generation of faster, full fibre broadband connections to public buildings like schools and libraries.
The Council’s Digital Rutland project has already made superfast fibre broadband available to more than 95 per cent of the county since it began in 2013.
Building on this, the Council has now completed a successful bid to the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund.
The £1.78million grant offer will be added to £0.45m of funding approved by the Council’s own Cabinet, making more than £2million available to help install full fibre broadband in key public buildings throughout Rutland.
“This is really exciting news and means Rutland will continue to be one of the best-connected counties in the whole of the UK when it comes to broadband technology. More than 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Rutland already have access to superfast broadband. This new funding will help to bring the next generation of full fibre services to our county. LFFN funding means Rutland’s public buildings will be among some of the first in the country to get a full fibre connection. This investment in infrastructure will also help to speed up the delivery of commercial full fibre broadband for consumers and local businesses in the future, making sure the whole county benefits from faster internet.”
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley
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 also 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.
“We're building a Britain that's fit for the future, and our plans for a national full fibre broadband network underpin our modern Industrial Strategy. The Local Full Fibre Network project is an important part of these plans, and this £2million boost for gigabit speeds in Rutland will build on the tremendous work already being done by Digital Rutland and I congratulate them on their successful bid.”
Minister for Digital, Margot James
Following a successful bid to the LFFN Challenge Fund, Rutland County Council will work with BDUK to find a suitable provider to install full fibre connections to selected public buildings throughout the county.
This procurement process is due to get underway by the end of April 2019 to identify a supplier who can begin the rollout of full fibre to the public sector buildings in Rutland by October 2019.
For more information about the Digital Rutland project or to find out more about the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund, please visit our Digital Rutland page.