Worcestershire County Council has been working with partner organisations prior to and since the launch of the first Local Broadband Plan in May 2012.
This plan set out an ambition to provide 90% of business and residential premises with Superfast (24Mbps+) broadband. Over the years the project has delivered on its ever-increasing coverage targets. However, the way in which consumers use broadband has changed as people become more dependent on high speed and increasingly reliable connections for work and for pleasure. This has meant that Worcestershire County Council has both reinvested funding and secured further funding into the programme to transform the broadband network across Worcestershire, especially in hard to reach areas in line with the UK Government’s “Outside-in” approach.
The Superfast Worcestershire website (opens in a new window) was created to keep the communities of Worcestershire up to date with this ambitious deployment plan. Within this website you can find information on the programme including interactive maps, lists of latest deployment of structures, latest news, and potential grant support through voucher schemes.
Nationally and locally the focus has shifted to enabling deployment of Gigabit capable (1000Mbps) infrastructure as identified on our Digitally Connected Worcestershire vision. However, Worcestershire County Council remain focused on ensuring nobody is left behind on less than 10Mbps download speeds.
“The UK Gigabit Programme or ‘Project Gigabit’ is a £5 billion government infrastructure project that brings together everything the government is doing to enable and deliver fast and reliable digital connectivity for the entire country. Through one of the fastest rollouts in Europe, 60% of households will have access to gigabit speeds by the end of 2021 - a huge leap from 2019 when it was just one in ten.” – GOV.UK
As part of this programme BDUK is launching phased contracts to those hard to reach parts of the UK that will need government support towards the cost of gigabit-capable broadband. Worcestershire is part of Phase 1b deployment which aims to connect a total of 640,000 premises across the six Phase 1b locations.