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Superfast broadband plans in Bedford Borough

We were requested by Central Government to aid the rollout of Superfast Broadband by suppliers to increase coverage across the country.

The Government’s policy is to provide funding to support the roll-out of Superfast Broadband to those areas of the UK where commercial roll-out is not economically viable.

We are working in partnership with BDUK (Building Digital UK, part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) alongside Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough and Milton Keynes (the Consortium) Councils, to administer the Central Superfast Programme. This will upgrade the infrastructure to extend fibre broadband coverage across the four councils.

Under current projects, we will provide fibre broadband availability to over 97% of premises.

The fibre rollout is split into two phased projects which currently run until early 2020. We continue to seek more funding to achieve further coverage in the future to reach our target of 100% coverage across the Borough.

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We're working in partnership with the Consortium on the next phase of deployment in the Broadband Rollout Programme. Work started in August 2019.

Please email Justine.ives@bedford.gov.uk to see if your property is included in the next phase.

If you are not currently included, please explore the Gigabit Voucher Scheme and the opportunities available to you and your community for subsidy towards a supplier-led installation. Any property not included which does not have access to a superfast service will remain eligible for any future funding.

Please be aware all network upgrades are subject to change from factors outside of the Council’s control. Premises could be removed or included into this programme without warning. All Councils are working to make sure as many households as possible have access to a superfast broadband connection.

National Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme​

The Government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 the Government announced the introduction of a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.

Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.

How to get involved in the scheme

Residents: If there are businesses and other residents in your area who want to install a gigabit capable connection you may be able to benefit from a voucher worth up to £500 as part of a group project led by a supplier. You can approach a supplier in your area to see if there are any group projects you may be able to join. If there are no projects in your area, you may be able to join up with other residents and local businesses and approach a supplier directly.

Businesses: If you are a small or medium sized business, you may be able to get a gigabit voucher worth up to £2,500 to upgrade your business broadband to a fast and reliable connection over gigabit capable infrastructure.

To find out more and for terms and conditions of this scheme please visit the Gigabit Voucher Scheme website​.

Community-led broadband schemes

Over the past few years, many communities (both urban and rural) have successfully improved broadband access in their local area through a community led model.

The Government has produced guidance to help community groups to access and benefit from potential models, case studies and funding options relevant to local broadband projects.

The information can be found at GOV.UK

Advice to developers and house builders

General broadband information

Our Superfast Broadband document (PDF) provides general information and outlines how it could benefit you. 

Contact Justine Ives, Business Growth Manager

Email: Justine.ives@bedford.gov.uk