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Nottinghamshire County Council statement on broadband

Nottinghamshire County Council statement on broadband Credit: PA

We have been looking at the subject of broadband in the West Midlands.

Our correspondent Phil Brewster has been examining what is being done to upgrade our broadband network.

In response to our feature, a spokesperson from Nottinghamshire County Council said:

Nearly 96% of homes and businesses in the county can now access super fast broadband thanks to the programme being delivered by the County Council in partnership with BT.

This puts us well ahead of the national average (91.4%) and East Midlands average (94.6%).

Phase two of our programme, which started earlier this year, will see us achieve 98% coverage in the county by Spring 2018.

– spokesperson from Nottinghamshire County Council

Shropshire Council statement on broadband

Shropshire Council statement on broadband Credit: PA

We have been looking at the subject of broadband in the West Midlands.

Our correspondent Phil Brewster has been examining what is being done to upgrade our broadband network.

In response to our feature, a spokesperson from Shropshire Council said:

More than 53,000 households and businesses in the county are now able to order a faster fibre service.

The council acknowledges some remote premises may be unable to benefit currently due to the limitations of the copper technology.

But we remain committed to our aspiration of providing all premises with access to superfast broadband by 2020.

– Shropshire Council spokesperson

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500,000 Midlands homes and businesses helped by Broadband

Almost 500,000 homes and businesses in the Midlands have been helped by the rollout of superfast broadband Credit: PA

Almost 500,000 homes and businesses in the Midlands have been helped by the rollout of superfast broadband, according to new Government figures.

It also suggested that more than 6500 businesses in the regions have had their broadband speed boosted via the connection voucher scheme.

The plan is to deliver superfast access - with internet speeds greater than 24 Mbps - to those properties not covered by existing commercial networks.

The Government wants 95% of the East and West regions covered by 2017.

Black Country to benefit from £12m broadband project

It is hoped the project will help businesses across the region to become more competitive Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Black Country will benefit from a £12m project to extend the reach of high-speed broadband to 98% of homes and businesses in the region within the next three years.

The scheme has been launched by the government, the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), BT and the government's Broadband Delivery UK.

It is hoped the project will help businesses across the region become more competitive and grow in the UK and abroad.

Small businesses across the Black Country identified slow broadband speeds as a barrier to growth so this partnership is great news for businesses in our area.

– Ninder Johal, Chair Black Country Broadband Group

Fibre optic broadband for 6,000 Derbyshire businesses

The nationwide government rollout has reached more than a million homes and businesses Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

More than 6,000 businesses across Derbyshire can now access high speed fibre optic broadband.

It is part of a government rollout across the country which has reached more than a million homes and businesses.

The county council says another 1,600 will have access to it by the autumn.

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£20m scheme to boost broadband in Nottinghamshire

Newark will be the first to benefit Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A scheme to improve access to broadband services for people in Nottinghamshire is being launched today.

More than 500 homes and businesses in Collingham near Newark will be the first to benefit from the £20million scheme.

£1.4 million of business broadband funding for Derby

Derby businesses could benefit from around £1.4 million of broadband funding Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/

Around 600 Derby small and medium businesses could benefit from around £1.4 million of Government funding from a new scheme being launched today. The announcement comes as Derby City Council is holding 'Small Business Saturday' in the city.

The scheme is part of Department for Culture, Media and Sport Superconnected Cities Programme and is designed to help local businesses to grow and develop.

Derby will be one of the 22 superconnected cities to be awarded the funding.

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