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New website highlights superfast broadband scheme in Derbyshire

A video highlighting the work being done to bring superfast broadband to Derbyshire has been created for the campaign’s new website.

Digital Derbyshire, led by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with BT, is a £27.67m drive to provide more than 95 per cent of the county’s homes and businesses with superfast broadband by 2016.

A video is included on the newly launched Digital Derbyshire website – www.digitalderbyshire.org.uk – to highlight the work which is being done.

Coun Joan Dixon, the council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said that rural parts of the county have been left behind when commercial operators have rolled out broadband services.

“The support of residents and businesses was vital to securing the funding package received by Digital Derbyshire. We’ve exceeded expectations and the programme will have a huge impact on the economy and in closing the digital divide.

“Derbyshire has some brilliantly innovative companies and we will continue to work alongside them to make sure the positive reach of our Digital Derbyshire investment is felt as widely as possible,” she added.

BT is contributing £12.87m to the Digital Derbyshire project while Derbyshire County Council is contributing £4.9m.

A further £7.4m is coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK funds, as well as £2.5m from the European Regional Development Fund.

Bill Murphy, BT’s Managing Director, Next Generation Access, said: “Small employers dominate the county’s economy with more than 80 per cent employing less than ten people.

“In today’s economy, a fast and reliable broadband service is vital for their success, which in turn will help to stimulate jobs and growth throughout the economy.”

The new Digital Derbyshire website includes an overview of the expected roll out for areas across the county, a new video to highlight the work which is being done and the economic benefits which superfast broadband brings.

 

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