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News: Consultation - Information economy strategy - closing date 15 March

The government intends to publish an information economy strategy this spring. To help develop the strategy, government are calling for views and evidence from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), both technology based and otherwise.

The term ‘information economy’ is broadly defined and does not encompass a single sector. For the purposes of this strategy, the working description of the information economy is ‘the part of the economy where digital technologies and information combine to drive productivity and create new growth opportunities across the whole economy’.


News: Good News For Faster Broadband! STATE AID Update

Faster Broadband took a giant step forward today following the announcement of BDUK''s Umbrella State Aid Notification from the European Commission. Read more.


Councillors investigating best practice at Superfast Cornwall ahead of Worcestershire starting its procurement activity.Councillors in Cornwall




News: The Broadband Team will be at Finditinworcestershire networking meeting
The Broadband Team will be at Finditinworcestershire breakfast and networking meeting (Worcester Warriors Rugby Club Sixways Stadium Warriors Way Worcester WR3 8ZE) on Tuesday 20 November 2012 from 6:45 am until 9:30am. More information about this event is available here.


News: Worcestershire passes BDUK's B0 Assurance Audit!

Worcestershire is now ready to act following a successful KPMG and BDUK Assurance Audit (subject to an umbrella State Aid approval from the EU Commission being granted to BDUK). 


News: Airband named as the preferred supplier for the pathfinder projects.

Worcestershire County Council's cabinet has now endorsed 'Airband' as the preferred supplier to deliver enhanced broadband to the 14 parish communities whose 'Expressions of Interest' were successful in January 2012. These communities were identified as being in the final 10% of areas which may not otherwise receive more than 2Mbps download speeds. For that purpose an additional £700k of grant funding was made available locally in January 2012.


Copies of the Broadband surveys (residential and business) can be picked up from one of the Public Roadshows:

Sat 17th Nov, 10:30-2:30 - Outside Connells, Graham Rd, Great Malvern
Thurs 22nd Nov, 1pm – 4pm – Outside Town Hall, Kidderminster
Sat 24th Nov, 10 – 2pm - Worcester Square, Kingfisher Centre, Redditch
Fri 30th Nov, 10am – 2pm - outside of Asda Supermarket, Pershore


If you have any questions - The Broadband Team will be in the Hive (Worcester) this Thursday 15 Nov 5:30 - 6.30 and in the Six Ways Rugby Club (Find it in Worcestershire networking event) on Tuesday 20 Nov from 6:45am - 9:30am.


Thank you to everyone who took time to come and see us at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch. Next Thursday (15 Nov) we will be at the Hive in Worcester from 5:30 - 6:30.


New Demand Registration and Demand Registration Promotional materials are available for download in the 'In this section' below.

  • An advertorial for residents
  • Two advertorials for businesses (one larger and one smaller)
  • Low ink poster
  • Forms to be downloaded
  • QR code which provides a short cut to the website if people want to use it in their newsletter
  • Last media release.
If you need a larger amount for your community - please email All materials can be downloaded from the Documents section of the Broadband website.


News Release: Moves to fast-track the roll-out of superfast broadband announced by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.



Our first Newsletter has been published on our website and distributed to all Broadband stakeholders. It contains progress to date including our work with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to develop the detailed procurement requirements, our current work with communities to enhance broadband infrastructure through Sustainable Transport and Green Infrastructure funding and more.


Faster Broadband posters, email signature, hard copies of the survey are available on request. If you need any for your community - please email The low ink poster can be downloaded from the Documents section of the Broadband website.


Broadband Survey
Responses to the Broadband Survey are coming thick and fast. We are not stopping there and we continue to encourage everyone to complete the survey. The more evidence we can demonstrate the better for the project outcomes. So please show your support for Faster Broadband by completing our online survey or if you are completing the survey on behalf of a business, please complete the Broadband survey for businesses. Don’t stop there - encourage all your neighbours, friends and family to complete one too!


The Open Market Review for the Community Projects has been launched and will remain open for 4 weeks. The purpose of this OMR is to  assist us with understanding the broadband infrastructure already in place and where there are plans for investment in such infrastructure in the coming three years. More details are available.


Worcestershire's Local Broadband Plan 'Connecting Worcestershire' is now available to view!

Redacted version of the Local Broadband Plan is now available Local Broadband Plan 'Connecting Worcestershire' ( This document is in Adobe PDF format PDF 646 KB),


Residential / Business Surveys

Hundreds of responses have already been received from Worcestershire's residents and businesses to show demand and evidence the need for faster Broadband. The Broadband Team would strongly encourage everyone to fill in our Broadband survey to support our efforts and demonstrate that Worcestershire does really want Faster Broadband.


Broadband Team is coming to Redditch

Worcestershire's Broadband Team together with Worcestershire's Choose How You Move Team will be in Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch on Thursday 08/11/2012.


DEFRA Rural Community Broadband Fund (2nd round) has now closed!!

Worcestershire County Council have worked hard with a number of communities on developing their Expressions of Interest for the DEFRA Rural Community Broadband Fund. We are very pleased that 5 Parishes have successfully submitted their EoIs. It is now a waiting game until it is announced which Parishes are successful and will proceed to develop full Business Cases to secure requested funds for the Broadband Infrastructure.


Three Counties Showground here we come!

The Broadband team will be at the Three Counties Showground this weekend. It is a great opportunity to show your support for Faster Broadband in Worcestershire. The 'Open for Business' stand will be located on the ground floor in the Linden Suite (part of the Rural Business Support pavilion).


Questions and Answers on Facebook

A comprehensive list of Q&As has been published in the notes section on Facebook so feel free to have a look!! Visit Faster Broadband for Worcestershire on Facebook:


New Broadband Survey is now live!!

Vote for Broadband Survey is now live! Please take a moment to answer a few questions and get your friends and neighbours to fill them in too!! Vote for Broadband.


Redditch Halfords Tour Series Event here we come!

Worcestershire's Broadband Team together with Worcestershire's Choose How You Move Team will be in Church Green in Redditch Town Centre, from 16:00 on Thursday 24.05.2012. We hope to see many Broadband supporters there!!


DEFRA Rural Community Broadband Fund

The second Expression of Interest round is now open and will close on 6 July 2012. Full details of how to apply for the second round can be found on our website.


Worcestershire's residents and businesses have reason to celebrate with £3.35million being unlocked for the County for Faster Broadband.

The funding allocation from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), a department of central government, is in response to the successful submission of Worcestershire’s Local Broadband Plan (LBP) "Connecting Worcestershire."

The £3.35million awarded today is addition to the £8.5million which has already been pledged as the indicative local authority allocation with significant further funding anticipated from private industry. 


Local Broadband Plan (LBP) – 'Connecting Worcestershire' has been signed off by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport!


Three Counties Showground here we come!

Worcestershire's Broadband Team will be at the Three Counties Showground near Malvern on 15-17 June 2012. Make sure you pop by to show your support for Superfast Broadband.


North West Malvern Consortium (comprise a group of parishes in the North West of Worcestershire: Bayton, Mamble and Lindridge, together with the whole of the parishes of Eastham, Rochford, Hanley, Kyre and Bockleton), Little Witley Parish as well as Redditch Arc (Crowle, Feckenham, the southern part of Hanbury, Stock and Bradley Green, and Tibberton) have been successful in securing funds to bring faster broadband to their area. Tendering process will commence shortly and we are hoping to select a supplier by the end of July 2012.

Above Parishes have been identified as 'hard to reach' areas. It is expected that broadband technology will be put in place to provide 100% coverage to the identified areas with speeds of up to 30Mbps.


Have you visited our Facebook Page? We are preparing new updates, which will be published on Facebook very soon. Go to and click Like so you can receive regular project updates.


We are still looking for people to show support for better broadband as it's still really important for us and our eventual partner in the project to have as much information as possible about the broadband demand.


Thanks to everyone who has already signed up to show their support.

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