Herefordshire Roll Out Fastershire
Herefordshire to bring faster broadband to isolated communities.
11:27 22 January 2020
Herefordshire council has rolled out project Fastershire to drive the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure throughout the county. The project, which is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council, Herefordshire Council and the national government, was launched to provide a fibre broadband network where commercial companies would not use their own investment.
However, isolated communities were not covered by scheme. As part of its strategy to ensure that every household and business have access to fast internet connection, the local council will make a grant available to communities that remain outside of any current superfast broadband plan.
The grant will use dynamic purchasing system to identify the best value supplier of services and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Through this strategy, the local council hopes to increase the coverage through the delivery of existing contracts along with a new grant scheme to communities introduced in 2020.
Up to 90per cent of premises in Herefordshire now have access to superfast broadband.