Digital Derbyshire update - three-quarters of the way there
9 October 2015
Around 70,000 homes and businesses can access better, faster broadband for the first time now that our multimillion pound roll-out is more than three-quarters complete.
The first phase of our partnership with BT will eventually provide more than 88,000 premises with access to fibre optic broadband.
And with hundreds of homes across the county getting access to fibre broadband each week, local people are being urged to check whether better, faster broadband is available in their area.
According to Ofcom, average broadband speeds in Derbyshire are currently 23.4Mbps, up from 12.4Mbps in 2012.
Councillor Dean Collins, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:
"The internet plays such a big role in our daily lives, whether it's at work or at home. So it's great news that we have already provided access to better, faster broadband to around 70,000 homes and businesses across the county.
"We're aiming to provide 95 percent of premises in Derbyshire with access to fibre broadband by the end of 2016 and I'd encourage anyone interested in upgrading their current broadband service to find out whether fibre is available in their area."
Cash to help connect hard-to-reach places
Even more homes and businesses are set to benefit from our programme in a £7m extension to make fibre broadband available in particularly to hard-to-reach places.
The second phase of work builds on the original programme that is bringing better, faster broadband across much of the county by 2016.
The additional funding from central Government, BT and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership will extend overall coverage to more than 100,000 premises by the end of 2018 and take our total investment to more than £34m.
Steve Henderson, BT's regional director for next generation access, said:
"Our work with the council in Derbyshire has already made fibre broadband available to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Across the county, the way people use the internet is being transformed. We're delighted that the council have chosen to work with BT to help them extend that reach even further in the coming years."
In recent months, fibre broadband has been made available in a number of communities including Bakewell, Darley Dale and Hope.
The overall project, now bringing better, faster broadband to 100,000 homes and businesses, is being funded using £15.2m from BT, £5m from us, £9.7m from the Government's Broadband Delivery UK funds, £2.5m from the European Regional Development Fund and £2.2m from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
Government Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:
"Our roll-out of superfast broadband across Derbyshire is making tremendous progress and is on track to reach 95 percent of the county by the end of next year. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband and, when complete, this project will have reached an additional 100,000 Derbyshire homes and businesses."
We are building on the private sector's roll-out of fibre broadband. BT's commercial roll-out in Derbyshire has already made high-speed fibre broadband available to around 360,000 homes and businesses.
The new network being delivered by Openreach, BT's local network business, is "open" meaning homes and businesses benefit from a choice of communications providers operating in a highly competitive market.