Faster internet on way

THOUSANDS of homes could be getting high-speed broadband through a digital project.

Eleven service providers have shown an interest in helping get better internet connections into homes in Durham County Council’s £7.79m Digital Durham project.

Broadband Delivery UK announced the finding last month and an update of the work, which includes east Durham, will be presented to the council cabinet at a meeting on Thursday.

Coun Alan Napier, the council’s cabinet member for resources, said: “We are pleased to have received such a significant amount of interest in this project from providers and other important partners.

“The Government funding, along with the £2m the council already set aside for the project will mean access to next generation broadband across the county.”

Coun Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: “We are now in the process of signing up Local Broadband Champions to support the digital Durham programme.

“Presentations are being made to Area Action Partnership meetings and we are engaging with local businesses.”

Residents and businesses can show their support for the scheme by following them on Twitter (@DigitalDurham) or liking Digital Durham on Facebook.

For more information visit www.durham.gov.uk