£16m contract for faster broadband

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A deal has been signed to bring superfast broadband to households in the Daventry area.

Northamptonshire County Council and BT signed the £16.2 million contract to bring faster broadband speeds to rural and isolated locations, which might otherwise be left out of commercial projects.

The project will build on existing commercial fibre optic investment and will provide world class broadband speeds to 53,000 homes and businesses.

Work will start immediately with the first locations in the county enabled with fibre later this year.

An assessment carried out by NCC said the project would help create 1,700 additional jobs by 2027, and an additional £110 million annual gross value added to the county’s economy.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage said: “This is undoubtedly one of the biggest projects we’re involved with which will make an enormous difference in bringing prosperity to the county.

“Having widely available superfast broadband is essential if we are to compete in the digital global economy and I’m delighted that we’ve reached such a significant stage of this initiative.”

BT will contribute £8.1 million to the project, with £4.08 million from Broadband UK – the Government’s broadband delivery programme – and Northamptonshire County Council.