Additional funding for Coventry Solihull & Warwickshire Superfast Broadband programme is announced

DCMS announces £3.68m funding to reach 95%

The Government has announced that additional funding of £3.68m will be made available to take the coverage of superfast broadband to 95% of premises across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire. The funding is conditional on being matched.

The current £15.47m CSW Broadband contract with BT will achieve superfast coverage to 91% of premises and this funding will enable the project to procure a solution to achieve  a further 4% to coverage, which is 95% overall.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “We welcome this announcement as the provision of faster broadband will make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives and to the competitiveness of our businesses and this money will enable us to reach even more people, particularly in the rural areas. We have always said that the current project us just a stepping stone towards the EU target of 100% coverage at 30Mbps. This funding will help to take our superfast coverage even further.

“In the current economic climate it is not easy to see where the required match funding will come from, but the CSW Broadband team have made applications through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership for a total of £7.85m from the EU, and we are actively seeking other sources of funding for this important project.”

Work will now start on preparing for an Open Market Review and public consultation prior to commencing a procurement exercise to find a partner to extend the wholesale superfast network.

Further updates about the rollout will be made in the coming weeks via council briefings and the CSW Broadband website:  where local people can also sign up to receive updates.

CSW Broadband is a partnership led by Warwickshire County Council with Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Council together with the five Warwickshire district and borough councils.

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