Central Bedfordshire ‘smashes’ superfast broadband target

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MORE homes in Central Bedfordshire now have access to superfast broadband as the local council says it has ‘smashed’ a target to reach 15,500 homes and business. Central Superfast is a partnership between Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes Councils and BT to deliver superfast broadband services to residents and businesses across the region. The 6.64million first phase began in June 2014 and in the two years since then, 188 new green fibre cabinets have been installed across the area including 72 in Central Bedfordshire.

This, Central Bedfordshire Council says, means it has ‘smashed its target of reaching 15,500 homes and businesses with 16,422 premises enabled and coverage up to 90 per cent’. The second phase of the project has already begun, with the aim of reaching 96.5 per cent of homes and businesses here by mid-2018 and will also include Luton Borough Council and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme. The phase is worth a combined 11.2million.

Homes and businesses are not automatically connected to superfast broadband despite the upgrade work. You need to contact a broadband service provider and ask to switch to or buy a fibre broadband service. More information about the project as well as a postcode checker to see if you are connected or in line to be connected, can be found here2.


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