THOUSANDS of homes and businesses will have access to high-speed broadband after a council won a multi-million pound government grant.
Durham County Council has been allocated £7.79m from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to increase access to broadband’s next generation.
Don McLure, the council’s corporate director for resources, said: “We have seen an enormous leap forward in communications technology during the past 10 years, with online shopping, banking, TV and social networking all becoming a part of everyday life.
“However, none of this would have been possible without a high-speed broadband connection.
“Securing funding from BDUK, therefore, is essential if we are to ensure that people across the county are able to access to make the most of this technology.”
There have been plans by private companies to supply high-speed broadband yet they would only provide coverage to 40 per cent of the county, leaving more than half of residents and businesses at a disadvantage.
The council now needs evidence that the residents see demand for the next generation of broadband, and are asking the public to help through social networking.
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