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Council trio in £12m broadband deal

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Three councils have signed a £12m deal with BT for superfast broadband in areas not covered by the firm’s commercial rollout.

Central Bedfordshire council, Bedford BC and Milton Keynes have agreed a contract that aims to see 90% of homes gaining access to superfast broadband and 100% having internet access at a speed of at least 2Mbps.

Of the £12m, £2.4m is from Milton Keynes council; £1.2m is from Central Bedfordshire and £440,000 is from Bedford BC. A further £2m is from Broadband Delivery UK and the remaining £6m is from BT.

A statement from Central Bedfordshire said the BT’s commercial broadband rollout would otherwise not reach all properties in the area, and rural locations would lose out.

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT, said in the statement: “This is where fibre broadband can play an essential role by revitalising towns, villages and hamlets, helping businesses to be connected in these locations.”

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