Updates from Superfast Worcestershire
DCMS’s Worcestershire Broadband Public Review update - August 2022
As part of government’s ambition to deliver nationwide gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible, supported by a commitment of £5 billion for the hardest to reach parts of the country, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has been working with industry to understand the areas that will be commercially built into over the next three years and those that will not.
The work of identifying these non-commercially viable areas has been completed, via the Open Market Review (OMR) and Public Review (PR) stages, and the results can be found on Gov.uk
Superfast Worcestershire Programme - Autumn 2021
"I’m proud to be representing Worcestershire County Council as the newly elected Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills, an area that includes digital connectivity across the county.
I am delighted that our Superfast Worcestershire programme now ensures that 97.61% of residential and business premises can connect to a superfast broadband service. This is a fantastic achievement, and it has made a real difference to our communities. Allowing people to work, access education and services from home and connecting business sites, is fundamental to the success of Worcestershire and post-coronavirus Britain.
With the County Council’s continued commitment, the future is looking bright with even more being done to improve connectivity across Worcestershire. Exciting initiatives via commercial programmes, community voucher schemes and the Government’s Project Gigabit will ensure our network infrastructure is robust at a time when connectivity has never been so important.’’
Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills
Superfast Worcestershire Programme Update - September
Programme Update for the Superfast Worcestershire Programme
- 97.65 of premises have access to superfast speeds
- 41.07 of premises have access to Gigabit infrastructure
- 16.64 of premises have access to Fibre to the Premises
- £4.3m is the value of the Rural Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers
Superfast Worcestershire continues to work with commercial broadband operators deploying within Worcestershire and over the past few months there have been several key investment announcements for Worcestershire from:
- Openreach - a further 45,000 premises for full fibre within Worcestershire (May 2021)
The areas served by the 19 exchanges are Badsey, Belbroughton, Bewdley, Blakedown, Bredon, Broadway, Cropthorne, Droitwich, Hanley Swan, Harvington, Leigh Sinton, Pershore, Powick, Romsley, Stourport, Tenbury Wells, Upton Upon Severn, Wolverley, Wychbold
- Airband – are working with several Community Projects within Worcestershire to deliver gigabit connectivity (June 2021)
Areas which are being considered include Upton Upon Severn, Ryall, Tenbury Wells, Pershore, Wick, Eckington, Cropthorne, Fladbury, Lower and Great Comberton, Elmley Castle and Bricklehampton, as well as Welland and Earl’s Croome
- FullFibre – full fibre to 100,000 premises across 11 rural and semi-urban areas, including two within Worcestershire – Droitwich and Stourport-on-Severn (March 2021)
- CityFibre - £21m full fibre rollout around Worcester City, which includes Hallow, Rushwick, Fernhill Heath and Norton, that started June (June 2021)
As well as the success of supporting business and communities to secure £4.3m of funding through previous DCMS Gigabit Voucher Schemes, Worcestershire County Council are currently supporting several Community Partnership schemes who have submitted their deployment proposals for consideration and are still awaiting confirmation of support funding. Once agreed we will announce them in future editions of this newsletter.
If you are considering setting up a community scheme for your area, please visit our Superfast Worcestershire website (opens in a new window) for further information about current schemes and if you require support please contact Superfast Worcestershire at Superfast@worcestershire.gov.uk.
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