Broadband Improvement Project

Our Commitment:
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council are committed to improving access to faster broadband for its businesses and residents. We are working with Digital Durham, BT, several other local authorities in the north-east and our local communities to bring about improvements between 2014 and 2018.

Why is it important:
High Speed Fibre broadband provides access to a wealth of services for individuals and businesses; for example, video, television/telecoms, social networking and health services. It also improves the attractiveness of areas to potential businesses and encourages existing businesses to remain and expand, therefore boosting our economy.

Phase 1 BDUK rollout
BDUK were allocated £530m by government in 2011 in order to stimulate private sector investment to bring High Speed Fibre broadband coverage to over 90% of UK premises, focusing particularly upon areas where commercial providers would not otherwise invest.

The combined investment by RCBC and BDUK is £520K which will enable over 20 cabinets to provide fibre broadband to approximately 3,200 premises. The map below shows the programme areas and phasing including those whose funding was secured through a successful £1m bid to the Rural Community Broadband Fund, which has now been rolled into the BDUK rollout.

The Cabinets that have been enabled and the postcodes where fibre broadband is now available under this programme is detailed within the table below.

Phase 2 rollout
To enhance broadband rollout further, the government announced in 2013 £250m of extra funding to ensure that 95% of premises in the UK could access superfast broadband by 2018. RCBC propose a further £600K combined investment with BDUK to provide over 30 additional cabinets to provide fibre broadband to approximately 3,000 premises. The priority areas have been identified to complete the gaps in coverage in Redcar town centre and focussing on the larger remaining populations and commercial areas. Digital Durham are managing the process with BDUK. Rollout under phase 2 will take place between 2016 and 2018.

Further funding
Funding returned back to the Digital Durham programme, through savings in phase 1 and the gain share of anticipated take up equates to £135K for RCBC, this money is to be reinvested in further coverage and a solution is currently being modelled.

Throughout 2014-2018 details of the programme roll-out will appear on the main Digital Durham website. Please follow the link:

Project Lightening
Project lightening is Virgin Medias £3bn UK expansion programme to 2020. Within 2016 the programme is to concentrate on infilling existing areas followed by a network expansion. Their aim is for 65% of UK premises to be covered by Virgin Media. The assessment by Virgin on where to invest is to be led by demand interest expressed on their websites:-

Satellite Broadband Voucher scheme
Applicable to homes and businesses in the UK who currently cannot obtain an affordable broadband service of a least 2Mbps. The scheme provides up to £350 for a satellite dish and installation costs. The scheme is being administered within the Tees Valley by Digital Durham and further details can be found on the Digital Durham website see the link above.

Download Attachments:
.pdf fileApproved Broadband Map - April 2014.pdf (276k)

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.pdf fileRCBC Cab Addresses.pdf (10k)

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