Six-figure price to pay for broadband in South Holland

FAST TRACK: Owen Moody, East Midlands regional director for BT, with county councillors Angela Newton, Nick Worth and Colin Davie.
FAST TRACK: Owen Moody, East Midlands regional director for BT, with county councillors Angela Newton, Nick Worth and Colin Davie.
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Around 90 per cent of homes in South Holland should be getting faster broadband speeds, but it will cost the area almost £550,000.

The progress of a deal between BT and Broadband Lincolnshire, including South Holland District Council, where at least 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the county can access superfast broadband were confirmed this week.

Included in the figure of more than 150,000 homes and businesses with better broadband are more than 25,500 “premises in South Holland, triggering a possible payment of £546,219 from the district council as part of a match-funding agreement between the Government and councils in Lincolnshire.

Payment of the contribution was discussed at a district council meeting on Tuesday when a report was considered which said: “As part of the comprehensive spending review in 2010, the then Coalition Government announced its vision for the UK to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015.
“The element of the Lincolnshire Broadband Programme specific to South Holland remains on course to deliver a substantial improvement in broadband coverage across the district by March 31, 2016.

“The 25,612 premises that are now able to connect to superfast broadband equates to 85 per cent of the total (30,124) premises that are eligible in South Holland, but it should be noted that the target was to reach 90 per cent by the end of 2015.

“This target has not been reached (and) our recommendation is to withhold some of the allocated funding until this target is fully met.”

We are delighted with the progress made in Lincolnshire where we have made fibre broadband available to some of the most rural areas

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access, said: “We are delighted with the progress made in Lincolnshire where, working closely with Lincolnshire County Council, we have made fibre broadband available to some of the most rural areas.

“The advantages are very clear, with speeds of up to 80Mbps widely available.

“But there is more to come, with thousands more homes and businesses set to benefit from a second phase of works which is now under way.”

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