The Digital Durham fibre broadband project has reached more than half of its target homes as superfast broadband speeds have now reached 58,000 homes and businesses.
The scheme is targeting a further 5,500 connections by the end of the month and is expected to deliver a 97% total coverage once the project is completed.
To mark the ‘significant milestone’, Digital Durham is hosting meetings across the region to demonstrate the benefits of upgrading to superfast broadband and what local residents can expect once the project is completed.
North West Durham MP Pat Glass said the Digital Durham project is leaving a “noticeable and lasting infrastructural improvement… something [that was] not possible just a short time ago.”
Councillor Jane Brown, cabinet member for Corporate Services at Durham County Council, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the Digital Durham programme to have reached more than 58,000 homes and businesses across the programme area so far – with that figure set to grow even further by the end of June.”
“We would urge residents to attend the upcoming events… to find out more about the many benefits, both recreational and educational, offered by high-speed broadband,” she added.
The broadband is being delivered in partnership between Durham County Council and BT with a total of £34 million worth of investment made already and an expected £9 million in additional funding from 2017.
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