• Northumberland County Council reportedly submitted a proposal to the UK government to take charge of provision of fibre‑to-the‑premises (FTTP) broadband in rural parts of the county.

Northumberland FTTP proposal sent to UK gov

Northumberland FTTP proposal sent to UK gov

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Northumberland County Council reportedly submitted a proposal to the UK government to take charge of provision of fibre‑to-the‑premises (FTTP) broadband in rural parts of the county. The council has previously worked with Openreach on the erstwhile BroadbandDeliveryUK programme, and currently offers superfast access to 94% of the region, compared with a 95% target. Local politicians reportedly met with Digital & Broadband Minister Matt Warman, who was said to have asked for a full business case for consideration ahead of the government’s budget in March 2020. The Council noted its “in‑house… vast expertise”, in terms of “planning, laying trenches, building infrastructure, and IT”, with work expected to begin during 2020, if government approval and funding for the proposal is gained. The investment required was not revealed, with the authority said to be “still working on detailed costings at this stage”.