Fastershire Broadband Strategy 2019-2022
To approve the latest iteration of the Fastershire Broadband Strategy which will direct the approaches available to the Fastershire project to drive the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure throughout Herefordshire and Gloucestershire through to 2022. The Strategy introduces a new Stage (Stage 5) which proposes the establishment of a Grant available to communities that remain outside of any current plan to be upgraded to superfast broadband. The grant will utilise a Dynamic Purchasing System to identify the best value supplier of services and will be offered on a first come first served basis.
The Fastershire project is a partnership between Herefordshire Council, Gloucestershire County and national government to provide a fibre broadband network where commercial companies would not use their own investment. For Herefordshire, from a starting point in 2012 of 0.6% premises with access to superfast broadband, coverage now stands at 90%. The revised strategy aims to continue to increase the coverage through delivery of existing contracts along with a new grant scheme to communities introduced in 2020. Commercial providers will also be operating their own schemes which will add to the superfast and ultrafast coverage.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Strategic nature / impact on communities;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Wards affected: (All Wards);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/10/2019
Decision due: 27 December 2019 by Cabinet member environment, economy and skills
Lead member: Cabinet member environment, economy and skills
Lead director: Assistant director Corporate Support
Department: Corporate Support Centre
Contact: Matt Smith, Operational manager Email: email@example.com Tel: 01432 260634.
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