Superfast broadband plans in Central Bedfordshire
The Central Superfast broadband programme (Central Superfast) is a collaboration between Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Luton Borough Council and Milton Keynes Council to deliver improved broadband access, within the areas covered by the four councils, in partnership with the private sector.
The project has recently completed the current round of deployment and is now undertaking a short extension to the project across Bedfordshire and Luton. The partnership was required to undertake a one-month consultation to ascertain further plans of local and national suppliers to rollout fibre in the area. This consultation concluded on 26 September 2021.
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Why full fibre?
Full fibre is optic fibre cable connected all the way to your premises, not just the nearest green cabinet, that is capable of delivering gigabit-capable broadband speed. Fibre optic cable is the most reliable way of delivering high speed broadband connectivity.
A gigabit (Gb or "gig") is the same as 1,000 megabits (Mb or "meg"), so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that will benefit users into the future, whether at home or work.
Gigabit-capable means that the connection can handle speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, but users only sign up to speeds they can afford. As demand increases, users can choose the option to pay for more speed as required.
Project Gigabit - Public Review Launch in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes (Lot 12).
The government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to everyone in the UK and is investing £5 billion in Project Gigabit to ensure that hard-to-reach communities are not left out. Building Digital UK (BDUK) is carrying out a Public Review to help identify areas in Lot 12 that may be suitable for future public funding for gigabit-capable broadband.
BDUK is seeking information and supporting evidence from suppliers - in relation to the presence of gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure within the project area.
They wish to hear from all relevant stakeholders - including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators - particularly in relation to the proposed mapped eligible areas.
This Public Review opens on 29 March at 5pm and closes on 29 April at 5pm.
To respond to this Public Review, and for more information, please see BDUK’s website.