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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
A multi-million pound contract has been signed today which will bring fast broadband access to 95% of households in Leicestershire. It was signed in one of the county's internet black spots and people there say they'll benefit from the investment.
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.
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.
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.