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A government scheme to encourage super fast broadband could bring the service to all of rural Worcestershire according to local MP, Peter Luff.
The MP arranged a meeting with senior officials from BT last week to discuss the issue.

Peter explained,

A number of parish councils have recently been expressing concern to me about the adequacy of broadband provision in Worcestershire. Access to high speed broadband is crucial for a range of reasons, not least the economic advantage it brings, particularly to remoter, more rural communities.

99% of my Mid- Worcestershire constituents are connected to a broadband exchange and Droitwich, Evesham and Fernhill Heath exchanges will shortly provide superfast broadband speeds of up to 40 mbps. However, large areas of rural Mid Worcestershire will not, on current plans, have early access to superfast broadband.

Peter has now written to every parish and town council in his constituency urging them to get behind a scheme that could transform broadband access in the county. In his letter, Peter says

The good news is that the government has established a 530m fund in this parliament, with additional sums in the next parliament, to pay for the installation of affordable high speed broadband roll out to rural areas through an organisation known as Broadband Delivery UK.

BT has been in active discussion with Worcestershire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership about the development of a bid to Broadband Delivery UK for money to pay for the roll out of superfast broadband using this allocation.

I have already encouraged the County Council to work constructively with BT and it would appear that BT was confident that a bid from Worcestershire could well succeed.

The purpose of this letter is to encourage your council to contact its district and county councillors and to draw to their attention the need to ensure that a good, robust and effective bid is made.

I am confident that if Worcestershire acts in unison it should be possible to secure a revolution in broadband coverage.


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