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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 planning to undertake an short extension to the project across Bedfordshire and Luton. At the same time the partnership is required to undertake a one-month consultation to ascertain further plans of local and national suppliers to rollout fibre in the area. The purpose of the consultation is to confirm the areas in question do not have gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure and that there are no plans to provide such infrastructure over the next three years.

Building on the information gathered from suppliers at the last open market review carried out in 2016, the project team has identified the areas in scope of additional funding and shown in the attached document. As such, we are now requesting that all broadband infrastructure owners and internet service providers potentially operating within this area send supporting evidence of any current or planned investment in broadband infrastructure (NGA broadband) within the area for the period up to September 2024.

It is important that we are aware of all commercial plans to ensure that future public investment does not result in overbuild of commercial deployment.

View or download our consultation document (Word) for full details of the information requested. Responses are required by 5pm on 26 September 2021. When responding, we would be grateful if you could confirm your organisation's name and address, as well as the name, position and contact details of the person responding on behalf of the organisation.

Please send any responses or queries via email to broadband@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Note: Email is not a secure medium, so please take appropriate precautions to protect any sensitive data.

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.