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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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'Faster broadband will help Leicestershire economy' says BT managing director

A BT managing director believes the new deal for faster internet in Leicestershire will help local businesses.

Faster broadband will help unlock rural Leicestershire's economic potential. The Leicestershire economy, especially in rural areas predominantly consists of small and micro businesses.

A large number are self-employed, work from home and are in the creative, knowledge based sectors which need high speed broadband and will provide the driving force for the county's digital economy.

– Bill Murphy, BT's managing director of Next Generation Access

Deal for faster internet in Leicestershire

Leicestershire homes and businesses can expect faster broadband speeds Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Homes and businesses across Leicestershire will have faster broadband because of a £17 million deal between the county council and BT.

It should mean 95 per cent of homes and businesses in the county will have quicker internet access within three years.

European cash for better broadband in Nottinghamshire

Plans to start superfast broadband speeds to bolster industry could go further and faster after Nottinghamshire County Council got an extra £2.7m in European funding for the Nottinghamshire Broadband Plan.

The European Regional Development Fund money will benefit business premises which have little or no broadband access at the moment.

It increases the overall public sector investment in superfast broadband in Notts to £10.5m.

The extra funding will most likely mean the Nottinghamshire Broadband Plan will now exceed the Government’s national target for 90% of premises to have access to superfast broadband speeds by the end of 2015.

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