15,000 more Tees Valley premises to get superfast fibre broadband

ByKim Staples
Fibre optics

It could soon be the end of slow internet in Teesside. A new investment from the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) means that superfast broadband is set to arrive in even more homes and businesses in Tees Valley - 15,000 of them, in fact.

The TVCA includes five local councils, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees. Whatever it invests here will be matched by the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project, which could mean a total investment of up to £2 million altogether.

Digital Durham, a community-led scheme that aims to get superfast broadband to the Durham, Sunderland, Tees Valley, and Gateshead areas, is a key partner of the rollout. So far it's helped raise superfast coverage up to 93% in Tees Valley.

The first phase of the project, which completed earlier in the year, connected a whopping 15,556 homes and businesses.

The job's not done yet, though. Dave Budd, chair of the TVCA, wants to see even better services for the area. He said: "Digital connectivity is vital to residents and businesses in Tees Valley. We have made considerable progress, but the current level of access is still not good enough.

"I want to see people and businesses in our area benefiting from the highest possible level of superfast connectivity. In the modern world this should be regarded as a vital utility; like access to water and power."

By the end of 2018, the project hopes to cover 98% of the region.

Source: Gazette Live

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