Rutland County Council’s bid for £2m to improve broadband is turned down

A BID for £2m to improve internet speeds in Rutland has been turned down.

Rutland County Council had applied to Broadband Delivery UK for the money for its project Digital Rutland to create faster broadband speeds in the county, and especially in rural or remote places.

The aim was to promote Rutland as a good place for small businesses and for people working from home, but officials at the council say there is still a chance of securing the funding later this year in a second round of bidding.

Deputy leader Terry King (Con) said: “We remain 100 per cent committed to delivering the Digital Rutland project as we recognise the huge positive impact it will have on homes and businesses throughout the county.”

The council hopes to complete the project by 2013.