High hopes to land £7.39m broadband

RESIDENTS are being urged to help unlock at least £7.39 million of funding to bring superfast broadband to the county.

National ‘Get Online’ week runs until Sunday and is a Government drive to encourage computer users to make the most of the internet.

Like many parts of the UK, Derbyshire suffers from patchy broadband coverage with some areas having no web access or limited capability.

The county council has been allocated the money from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme to improve broadband access, but it must find the same amount in match-funding before the cash can be released.

The council say the key is demonstrating public demand for improved broadband to encourage companies to invest in the county. They want residents and businesses to complete its simple Community Broadband survey, either on-line or by phoning the council’s contact centre.

More than 1,500 people have done so far, but there are hopes more will follow to help push the region to the top of the list.

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