District set for superfast web overhaul

Businesses and rural villages in Daventry district could soon benefit from up to £600,00 investment in superfast broadband.

The proposal, passed by Daventry District Council on Thursday last week, could see it partner with Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to roll out faster internet to an extra four per cent of homes and businesses across the county.

The district council aims to reach a deal where a £200,000 contribution from it over three years will be matched at least 1:1 by NCC, though it is understood officers responsible for the negotiation hope to net twice that much from the county council. It is estimated that currently 79 percent of Daventry district is covered by superfast broadband.

The new investment could increase this by four per cent, with a focus on businesses and rural areas. DIRFT will not be included.