Work on £3m Rutland broadband project to begin in the summer

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Work to bring superfast broadband to homes and businesses will start in the summer after the final stage of the project was approved.

Digital Rutland, a joint project between Rutland County Council and BT, has received final approval by Government department BDUK.

The go-ahead means every one of the 10 exchanges in the county will be upgraded to fibre broadband during the year and most homes and businesses will be able to get download speeds of up to 80 Mbps.

Even properties in the most rural villages will be able to access speeds of between two and 24 Mbps.

Deputy leader of Rutland County Council Terry King (Con) said: “We are absolutely delighted that work can now get underway to bring fibre broadband to towns and villages across Rutland.

“Digital Rutland is pleased to confirm that every exchange in Rutland will be upgraded and I’m sure this will be welcomed by our local community who we know are very supportive of this project.”

The county council is ploughing more than £2.3m into the project which includes an £820,000 grant it received from BDUK. BT has also contributed £800,000.

Engineers will start work on planning and survey work in the next few weeks when the likely speeds for individual areas will become clearer.

Once this planning work is done, work to upgrade the exchanges in Oakham, Uppingham, Belton, Cottesmore, Empingham, Manton, Morcott, North Luffenham, Thistleton and Whissendine will start.

Lyddington, Hambleton and Essendine already have a broadband provider offering fibre broadband so these areas are not part of the Digital Rutland plans.

The 17,000 homes and businesses in the county which will benefit will be able to get fibre broadband from an internet provider of their choice by the end of the year.

Fibre to the cabinet, which is capable of delivering speeds of up to 80Mbps, will be the main technology used and will be rolled out first. Fibre to the premises, which delivers speeds of up to 330Mbps, for an additional cost, will also be made available.

Coun King added: “Digital Rutland will become increasingly visible during the next few months as work starts to take place in Oakham, Uppingham and the villages.

“It won’t be long until the first homes and businesses are able to start experiencing the benefits of fibre broadband speeds.”

For more visit the Digital Rutland website.