Derby

Derbyshire 'to get faster' broadband in £27m project

About 88,000 homes and businesses in Derbyshire will be able to access faster broadband speeds by 2016, according to BT.

Derbyshire County Council has signed a contract with the firm as part of the £27.67m Digital Derbyshire programme.

The council, which is giving £4.9m to the scheme, said it would mean 95% of the county could get faster speeds.

People should be able to have a minimum speed of 2Mbps, which is fast enough to use services such as BBC iPlayer.

County council leader, Councillor Anne Western, said: "A fast and reliable broadband service is as important as good road and rail links for businesses in the modern day that's why we've made it one of our priorities.

"It's vital that our businesses − including those in a rural location − are at least on a level playing field with other areas of the UK and further afield to be able to maintain and create jobs in a thriving Derbyshire economy."

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