Rutland chosen as high speed broadband pilot

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HIGH speed broadband is on its way to Rutland after the Government announced it would be funded as a special project.

Rutland County Council will be able to provide high speeds to 99 per cent of homes and businesses in the county over the next two years.

Government agency Broadband Delivery UK wants to use Rutland to show the effect of introducing high speed broadband to every town and village in a relatively small rural area. It has also been confirmed that Rutland’s broadband plan has been approved and the county will receive £710,000 of national funding.

The county council has welcomed the news, which deputy leader Terry King (Con) has described as “one of the most important projects for the local economy that the council will deliver in the next 2 years”.

Rutland is one of only two pilot areas. The other is Suffolk.