Around 3,000 extra homes and businesses in Merseyside are to get access to superfast broadband. The Merseyside Connected project, a collaboration between five local councils and BT, will start later this year.
More than 60,000 premises in Liverpool, Bootle and beyond have been given access to superfast broadband through the Merseyside Connected project. Around 90% of homes and businesses in the area can now get access to speeds of more than 24Mb.
The project has been paid for by a combination of council money, cash from the government's Broadband Delivery UK scheme, funds from Europe and private investment from BT. Under its initial contract, BT agreed to reinvest money to the project if enough people switched to fibre packages, to further improve coverage.
More than 25% of premises in the area have taken up fast fibre connections, so BT has refunded £2 million to the project.
The extra funding will be used to expand the project to areas not included in the original rollout plan. That means fibre will soon be available in Knowsley Business Park, Liverpool and Sefton Docks, Birkenhead Waterfront, Wirral Waters, Wirral International Business Park, Haydock, Bootle Office Quarter, Stonebridge Cross and Edge Lane.
Councillor Gary Miller, said: "Investing public money in fibre broadband helps sustain our rural communities and maintains Merseyside's competitive edge as a business destination. It also allows homeowners to do things that need a faster internet connection like accessing skills and learning, entertainment and other social connections."