More cash for faster broadband in Wokingham

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Wokingham Borough Council’s decision-making executive has agreed to invest up to £243,000 match funding to support the roll out of superfast broadband to areas of the Wokingham borough where coverage is poor.

Earlier this year, it was announced further funding would be made available to increase superfast broadband coverage under the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) and Berkshire’s total allocation would be £3.56million subject to match funding.

Cllr Anthony Pollock, executive member for economic development and finance, said: “This is a significant investment by Wokingham Borough Council and it will only be spent within our area. Improving the broadband connectivity is one of our priorities and key to securing our ambitions for economic growth. This investment will improve access to better internet speeds for residents and businesses, meaning our local economy remains competitive and social isolation is reduced.”

A public consultation has been launched on the wider roll-out of superfast broadband, which should see the service reach more than 95% of Berkshire by the end of 2017.

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:04