Saturday, 28 March 2015

Broadband Update - Phase 1 Roll Out continues as Northumberland gains greater broadband coverage & enhanced per house subsidy

Over the last 4 and a half years we have sunk millions of pounds of government cash into the roll out of broadband. Slowly but surely England's most rural county is getting better and more broadband coverage. This last few months the Northumberland County Council tell me they have done the following:

"Further cabinets have gone live in Corbridge, Wylam and Hexham meaning that all cabinets are now live and accepting orders for fibre in these three communities.

A further cabinet is live in Ponteland. This builds on the following areas that have been live for at least a month":
  • Greenhead
  • Gilsland
  • Allendale
  • Bardon Mill
  • Great Whittington
  • Haydon Bridge
  • Haltwhistle
  • Most of Ponteland
  • Most of Prudhoe
  • Riding mill
  • Slaley
  • Stamfordham
  • Albemarle
  • Stocksfield
  • Wark
  • Heddon on the Wall
    I have held specific meetings on the problems in Matfen, which I am ensuring is in Phase 2 of the roll out. For phase 2 we have managed to lift the permitted government subsidy per property from £1700 per property to £2500. As I have said to many constituents who have contacted me - I am aware that there are other hamlets, and outlying areas, that we are getting BT and the NCC to address.
    NCC expect the following communities to be connected by the end of 2015:
    -          Horsley
    -          Blanchland
    -          Whitley Chapel
    -          Allenheads
    -          Bellingham
    -          Greenhaugh
    -          Kielder
    -          West Woodburn
    -          Otterburn
    -          Rochester
    -          Byrness
    -          Elsdon
    -          Belsay
    -          Kirkharle
    -          Capheaton
    -          Kirkwhelpington
    -          Scots Gap
    -          Whalton
    -          Bingfield
    -          Hallington
    I was able to speak in last months broadband debate and my speech is here: