Aylesbury Vale District Council has backed a plan to commit up to £1.5 million of funding towards the provision of additional superfast broadband in the district.
At a full council meeting last week, elected members agreed to support the allocation of New Homes Bonus funds to help achieve an overall increase in those properties that can access better, faster broadband.
Members of the council were in agreement that the funding should be used to support communities and businesses in hard to reach areas.
A number of pilot projects will explore how to reach these areas. It’s proposed that North Marston, Granborough and Hogshaw will be part of the first pilot.
Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire county councils are working with BT to increase fibre broadband coverage (at least 24Mbps) to more than 90% of homes and businesses in their areas, by the end of March 2016.
It’s hoped that funds from AVDC can help unlock match funding of £2.56 million from the government as part of the next phase of the project.
Councillor Neil Blake, Leader of the Council, said: ‘The roll-out of fibre broadband through the Connected Counties project is already making a big difference to many people living and working in Aylesbury Vale. It’s bringing high-speed broadband access to homes and businesses that otherwise would likely be in the internet slow lane for many years to come.
We now have the opportunity to bring superfast broadband to even more areas of the district. Our investment would ensure that hard to reach areas have really excellent broadband connectivity with all the economic, educational and social benefits this brings.‘
The New Homes Bonus Fund was set up by the council, using money it receives from the government for building new homes in the Vale.