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Lincolnshire does have a good deal for broadband, says the county …

The Lincolnshire politician responsible for computer technology insists the county has a good deal in place to improve broadband speeds.

Councillor Richard Davies spoke out following a damning report from the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee.

MPs said taxpayers are being ripped off in the rural broadband roll out.

They also accused the Government of mismanaging the scheme by handing BT all 26 rural contracts.

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And MPs further claimed BT had exploited its virtual monopoly.

The Government insisted it had acted fairly and BT dismissed the claims as wrong.

Councillor Davies, the county council’s executive Member for IT, said: “We’re confident we’ve got a good deal for Lincolnshire.

“The county council is investing 11.2m in improving broadband, which, along with 4m from the district authorities, has brought in 14.3m from national government and 18.8m from BT.

“This 48m pot will be used to bring superfast broadband to 88 per cent of the county by April 2016.

“And everyone else will be able to get access to at least basic broadband.

“We were one of the first projects in the country to get started, and remain on target to meet the schedule we set out in March.

“In addition, 300,000 from the European Regional Development Fund is being used to bring faster speeds sooner to east coast communities in and around Ingoldmells and Wrangle through wireless technology.

“A further 1.6m has been approved by the ERDF to make further improvements for eligible small and medium-sized businesses.

“Initial details on the roll out of superfast broadband are available on our onlincolnshire website.

By typing in their postcode, people can quickly and easily find out what’s planned for their area and when improvements are likely to happen.

“This information will be regularly updated during the detailed planning process that precedes each phase.”


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