Digital Rutland offered extra £180,000 to improve broadband

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More homes and businesses in some of the most rural areas of Rutland may be able to benefit from superfast broadband in the future after a project was offered an extra £180,000 of government funding.

Rutland County Council’s scheme Digital Rutland has already made superfast broadband available in places throughout the county and work is ongoing to bring the service to as many remaining properties as possible.

The council is now deciding whether to accept the offer as it would have to match the total given.

Deputy leader Coun Terry King (Con) said: “We already have detailed plans in place to bring superfast broadband to places such as Glaston, Whitwell, Barrow and Teigh. We are hopeful that this extra funding gives us the opportunity to extend our remaining work even further and bringing faster broadband to smaller groups of properties in our remote areas. We continue to lobby hard on behalf of those communities who find themselves in a commercial area but still unable to receive a service. We hope to have more news on this shortly.”

All ten telephone exchanges in Rutland have been upgraded meaning the majority of the 17,000 homes and businesses within the county now have access to high-speed fibre broadband.

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