Residents, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators are being encouraged to take part in a Public Review looking to improve broadband in the county.
The review is part of rolling out ‘Project Gigabit' and will ask people to have their say on existing or planned gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure in Worcestershire.
Announced in Spring 2021, the government’s £5bn ‘Project Gigabit’ seeks to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to everyone in the UK to ensure that hard-to-reach communities are not left out.
Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Economy at Worcestershire County Council said, “Worcestershire County Council has been committed to improving broadband speeds in the county since 2012 with the release of the Local Broadband Plan. We recognise the commercial operations will only go so far, so we welcome ‘Project Gigabit’, that aims to bring Gigabit capable broadband to what is expected to be the hardest to reach areas of our county.
“As a rural county this is particularly important and so we encourage people to participate and have their say.’’
The consultation is being carried out by Building Digital UK (BDUK) and will ask for feedback on the proposed areas in Worcestershire that may be suitable for future public funding for gigabit-capable broadband in the county.
BDUK would like to hear from all relevant stakeholders, including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators, and has opened a Public Review running from 4 February 2022 and closes 4 March 2022.
To respond to this Public Review, and for more information, please see BDUK’s webpage.