Multi-million broadband project given green light by Government

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Broadband access in Derbyshire is poised for its biggest ever transformation after the Government approved ambitious £15 million plans led by Derbyshire County Council.

The county council is championing the Digital Derbyshire programme to improve broadband infrastructure to allow better connection speeds.

It is one of the first projects in the country to be given the green light to press on with the plans backed by £7.39m from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme.

There are currently more than 9,000 homes in Erewash in classified ‘white areas’ where there is currently no broadband connection or speeds are slow.

More than 180,000 households across the county are expected to benefit from improvements to infrastructure.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Securing fast and reliable broadband for Derbyshire is one of our priorities and approval of our plans is great news.

“This project supports our work to bring investment and jobs to the county.”