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Northumberland rural superfast broadband map published: First homes connected March 2014

Northumberland County Council has published a map showing roughly where the final five per cent of rural locations are based. 

The iNorthumberland project will deliver fibre-based FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband to the majority of homes and businesses, with 91 per cent of locations getting speeds above 25Mbps, and around four per cent getting speeds up to that figure. 

The map below (click to enlarge) shows approximately which parts of Northumberland will get superfast first. 

Northumberland rural superfast broadband map published: First homes connected March 2014
Rough around the edges: Northumberland County Council’s map at least gives us an idea of how things are shaping up

Read our guides to Rural Broadband and Satellite BroadbandLarge areas around Alnwick, Amble and Berwick-upon-Tweed will be connected by the end of March 2014 whereas larger areas around Allendale, Bedford, Seahouses and Widdrington will be connected by the end of next year. 

There are plenty of areas which are marked as under evaluation. Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re off the superfast menu, it just means that dates for these areas have yet to be announced. 

Firms and families living in the margins should also note that the council has a separate £1.3 million loan scheme for suppliers of wireless and satellite broadband to take advantage of. This ought to see them getting regular speeds in excess of the 2Mbps at all times service stipulated under the terms of the BDUK (Broadband Delivery for the UK) contract handed to BT. 

The map is based on information available on October 1, 2013, and will likely be updated as plans develop. 

 

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