Broadband plan is a step closer

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SUPERFAST broadband for everyone in Derbyshire moved a step closer this week after councillors agreed to match-fund the Government’s £7.39m investment.

Derbyshire County Council, which has already promised just over £1m for broadband, agreed to find the remaining £6m from sources including the European Regional Development Fund.

Without matching the Government’s allocation, the county would lose the investment altogether.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is great news for Derbyshire. Without underwriting the bid we would have lost the fantastic opportunity which the Government’s £7.39m brings to improve broadband across the county.

“Having superfast broadband widely available will benefit residents and businesses and set Derbyshire apart as a prime location for investment.”