Superfast broadband rollout in Mansfield and Ashfield

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A £9.2m investment will help boost connectivity in the area by Spring 2018.

More than 130 towns and villages will either get access to fibre broadband for the first time or see existing provision boosted to superfast speeds by Spring 2018, thanks to contract two of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme, a partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and BT.

Councillor Diana Meale, chairman of economic development committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we are in a position to announce the towns and villages where we will be rolling out our next phase of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme, which is one of the largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects ever delivered in the county.

“In many instances, people and businesses living in those towns and villages have been unable to access the online services, learning, communication and opportunities that many of us now take for granted – but not for much longer.

“Digital connectivity is vital to future economic prosperity of Nottinghamshire. With 98% fibre coverage in the county by 2018, our county is at the forefront of digital connectivity in the UK, putting us in pole position to attract the growth and jobs that good broadband will support.”

More than 17,000 homes and businesses will be able to benefit from the additional £9.2m investment. A timetable for delivery of the programme in each area is being developed and will be announced later this year.

Areas covered by BBfN contract two are: Annesley, Sutton in Ashfield and Selston in Ashfield - Lilley Close in Selston, the only street in the village still to be provided with access to fibre broadband will be addressed in the second phase - and Forest Town, Mansfield, Shirebrook and Warsop.

By the time the work is completed in Spring 2018, more than 80,000 properties will be covered by BBfN. When combined with the private sector’s commercial coverage in the county, it will mean 98% of Nottinghamshire homes and businesses will have access to fibre broadband, making the area one of the most digitally connected counties in the country.

As with the initial contract, the extended programme is being rolled-out in areas which are not served by commercial providers such as BT or Virgin Media – often giving homes and business access to fibre broadband for the first time.

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access, said: “The Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire partnership has made fibre broadband to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the county. The announcement of these new locations is exciting news for all the local communities involved. The availability of fibre broadband opens up many opportunities online for both leisure and business purposes.”