Conservative controlled Lancashire County Council has agreed a deal that will bring superfast Broadband to 97% of the County by 2014 with speeds in excess of 30 Mbps.
The deal with Lancashire's County Council partner BT means that another third of the County will get superfast broadband beyond areas already receiving or expecting to receive the new service.
Public sector investment of £32 mllion ensures that parts of Lancashire will be reached where there were previously no plans and is excellent news for small and large businesses as well as residential customers.
As part of the roll out, there will be a £3 million fund to help small and medium sized busineses get the best out of superfast broadband.
The scheme also aims to bring boadband to some other more remote areas of the County, and Lancashire Couny Council has set aside £500,000 for such projects.
In a LCC press statement issued today, Conservative Leader Geoff Driver said “we are determined to ensure that Lancashire continues to benefit from being at the forefront of this technology. Establishing this superfast broadband network will not only open up opportunities for business in Lancashire, it will revolutionise the way people in the county, specially in rural or deprived areas, connect to the wider world”.
The rollout will also include areas of Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.