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Milton Keynes confirms areas for superfast broadband upgrade

Famous for its traffic islands and concrete cows, Milton Keynes will offer superfast broadband to 97 per cent of residents in Milton Keynes by 2016, the area’s council has confirmed.

The local authority said it will be on target to deliver high-speed broadband of over 24Mbps to 97 per cent of premises in the borough by mid-2016, according to local newspaper MK News.

Aaround 107,000 homes in Milton Keynes will benefit from access to superfast broadband, while the remaining three per cent should receive the minimum 2Mbps at the same time.

The project is a partnership between the council, Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, BT and Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

David Hopkins, cabinet member for economic development and enterprise, said: “I’m delighted that the Council is on track to exceed its target for 95 per cent of premises to have access to superfast broadband by 2017 as set out in our Core Strategy.”

“We’ve worked hard to get to this point, securing extra funding and pushing for the maximum coverage possible.”

“Access to superfast broadband is vital to keep Milton Keynes as an attractive location for businesses to locate to and keeps us ahead of our competitors.”

“Milton Keynes Council recognises the importance of superfast broadband services to households as well which is why we are investing £2.4 million into the BDUK superfast broadband programme which will build on the existing fibre networks already provided by BT’s commercial investment,” said Hopkins.

The Central Superfast Broadband Project page has more details about the rollout, with a postcode checker showing which areas will go live from July 2014.

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