Superfast broadband sweeps across the city

Civic Offices
Civic Offices

New research shows that 95 per cent of Milton Keynes people want superfast broadband.

Yet while two thirds of the Borough now has access to the high speed technology, 83 per cent of residents are still unaware it’s available to them.

Superfast broadband typically provides download speeds of up to 100Mbps, which means music files can be downloaded in seconds and a full length feature film in 10 minutes.

Last year, Milton Keynes Council and the business and technology forum Biztech teamed up to conduct a long-term survey of residents and businesses to get a picture of internet demand in Milton Keynes, which would be used to attract private sector investment into our broadband infrastructure.

More than 1,400 people responded to the survey, which revealed:

50% of households use an internet service with download speeds of less than 2Mbps

95% of residents would like access to superfast broadband

70% of people are not aware of any superfast broadband in their area, and 13% are unsure

45% of people would pay more than £30 per month for superfast broadband

The top three uses for faster broadband are: browsing websites, answering emails, online shopping

For two years, Milton Keynes Council has been working with Openreach, part of BT, to bring superfast broadband to the borough. Openreach is investing £2.5 billion into its network nationally including Milton Keynes to install fibre-based superfast broadband. At present, 65% of homes and businesses are covered by the network, run from the Bradwell Abbey exchange, and the goal is to roll out superfast broadband access across Milton Keynes by 2013. Woburn Sands will be the next upgraded exchange to go live in this area.

An awareness campaign designed to highlight the availability of superfast broadband to local people will kick off during April.

Next month, Milton Keynes Council is told whether it has won a share of a £530 million government fund to develop superfast broadband capacity in a wider area, including rural areas. Along with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council, Milton Keynes Council submitted a joint bid to BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK).

Find more information, including a postcode checker for superfast broadband availability in Milton Keynes at www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/ .