Digital Rutland scheme identifies 15 areas that could benefit from funding

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A scheme which aims to bring faster broadband to Rutland has published a list of 15 villages that could benefit from £180,000 in Government funding.

Most homes and business in the county already have access to fibre broadband but the national Superfast Extension Project provides a limited amount of additional funding to be used in areas currently unable to receive speeds greater than 24Mbps.

Rutland County Council’s scheme Digital Rutland is now deciding upon whether to accept the bid, which would have to be match-funded by the council. Councillors wants to know the current speed of people living in the 15 villages identified to see whether the money is needed. The villages are; Barnsdale, Belmesthorpe, Braunston, Brooke, Burley, Egleton, Essendine, Hambleton, Little Casterton, Lyddington, Ryhall, Stoke Dry, Tickencote, Tinwell and Thorpe by Water.

Deputy leader of Rutland County Council, Terry King (Con), said: “We are appealing to people living in the areas identified to let us know their current broadband speed.

“The Digital Rutland project needs to have this information to help determine if there is anything we can do in a particular area using the extra broadband funding available.

“Digital Rutland has so far been unable to upgrade the broadband network in areas where a commercial service is already in place.

However, this funding makes it possible for us to revisit these areas if existing fibre broadband services are not delivering speeds greater than 24Mbps.”

In recent weeks, a series of meetings have taken place between Rutland County Council and representatives from the villages involved to try and get as many people as possible to submit their broadband data.

A online form has been created along with details of how to measure your broadband speed at