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: open market review

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 an open market review to help identify premises 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 areas. If you have existing network coverage, or plan to build infrastructure within the next three years, we encourage you to respond to this review.

This consultation opened on 20 October 2021 and closes at 5pm on 22 November 2021.

Read more about the open market review on GOV.UK.