Multi-million pound deal secures superfast broadband for 1,800 city homes and businesses

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A total of 1,800 city homes and businesses are to get superfast fibre broadband after a multi-million pound deal.

The Central Superfast programme, a partnership between Milton Keynes, Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Luton Borough Councils, BT and the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, is making a combined investment of £7.57m to deliver phase two of the fibre rollout.

So far the programme has enabled more than 88 per cent of Milton Keynes’ homes and businesses to access superfast broadband.

Councillor Rob Middleton, Cabinet Member for Resources and Commercialism said, “This multimillion pound investment in Superfast broadband is great news for Milton Keynes, with countless businesses and residents set to benefit.”

“This investment promises unparalleled economic, cultural and economic benefits for our city’s businesses and residents. 

“It’s vital that Milton Keynes continues to build its reputation as a standout location for both businesses and families to lay down their roots”.

It also follows BT’s commercial rollout of fibre broadband, together these projects have already reached more than 98,000 premises.

The latest investment brings Milton Keynes Council investment into superfast broadband to £2.7million with additional investment being contributed from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) and by BT itself.

Bill Murphy, BT’s Managing Director for Next Generation Access, said: “Hard work and commitment to this project has secured further investment which will make fibre broadband available to thousands more homes and businesses.

“The most important aim is to ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from fibre broadband and in as quick a timeframe as possible so this is great news for both businesses and households across the borough.”