Satellite dishes to improve broadband in most remote areas of Nottinghamshire

March 7, 2016 12:17 pm

Every home and business in Nottinghamshire is being offered the chance to get broadband, even if they currently fall outside the superfast fibre rollout being delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council and BT.

Around 98% of homes and businesses in the county will enjoy access to superfast fibre broadband by 2018, thanks to the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme, but a new Government-backed scheme now ensures that even properties in some of the most remote areas of the county will not miss out.

The basic broadband for all programme provides a subsidised satellite broadband connection to homes and business that are currently unable to obtain an affordable broadband service of at least 2mbps and are not part of the BBfN programme for the next 12 months.

The scheme forms part of the Government’s commitment to ensure every home and business in the UK can access speeds of at least 2 mbps. Around 2,500 Nottinghamshire homes and businesses are amongst the 300,000 properties across the UK that will be able to make use of the new offer.

The estimated number of homes eligible for the scheme in Nottinghamshire by District / Borough / City Council area are:

Mansfield – 7

Ashfield – 210

Bassetlaw – 366

Broxtowe – 93

Gedling – 253

Newark & Sherwood – 1,039

Nottingham – 16

Rushcliffe – 481

In Nottinghamshire, basic broadband for all is being administered by the County Council on behalf of the Government.

Eligible homes and businesses are provided with a code which they can use with one of a selected number of retail service providers to obtain a subsidised satellite broadband service, including a free satellite dish and installation in most cases.

Users will be responsible for paying any remaining cost of installation and commissioning (if any), choosing the features of the satellite broadband service they require, and for paying the monthly subscription for the service they selected (for a minimum period of 12 months).

Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey said: “Our rollout of superfast broadband has already reached an additional 3.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out. We are making tremendous progress, but it’s a massive engineering project and won’t happen overnight. This scheme offers immediate assistance to those homes and businesses in Nottinghamshire with the slowest speeds and is all part of our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape.”

The current rollout of superfast fibre broadband is on track to deliver fibre coverage to 95% of Nottinghamshire by the end of next month – a year ahead of the rest of the UK. Nottinghamshire County Council and BT already have plans in place for phase two of BBfN and will begin delivering the extension to 98% of the county immediately following the end of phase one.

Councillor Diana Meale, Chair of Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It’s good news that a broadband solution is now available to every single home and business in Nottinghamshire.

“Our roll-out of fibre broadband continues to be a fantastic success and we remain on target to achieve 95% coverage of the county by Spring 2016, with a further extension of fibre to 98% of homes and businesses to follow. In the meantime though, the satellite scheme will provide an option for those residents and companies not currently covered by fibre broadband.”

More information on the operation of the scheme in Nottinghamshire can be found on the County Council’s website.

 

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