Cambridgeshire Council Invests £20 Million For Superfast Broadband

The Cambridgeshire County Council has promised to bring superfast broadband to homes and businesses throughout the area within the next four years.

The council plans to invest £20 million on top of the £8 million promised by the government to bring broadband to Cambridgeshire.

The total investment is expected to amount to £70 million and the council is looking to private investors to chip in the remaining £42 million for the super-fast broadband project.

The council has promised residents and businesses broadband speeds of at least 2 Mbps but around 90 percent of them are likely to get 25 Mbps connections.

The main aim of the project is to bring superfast broadband to houses and businesses and reduce the broadband gap between rural and urban areas.

“Superfast broadband is taken as the norm in many countries now and if we wish to compete not with Durham, Cornwall and Wales, if we want to compete on the world stage, it’s essential. We wouldn’t expect communities and businesses to start up without electricity or roads or water," Nick Clarke the project’s leader for the council said.

“If we can help to create an even more vibrant economy we can spread the brand of Cambridge across Cambridgeshire,” he added.