If an application
for European funding is successful, the Marches Broadband Grant project will
provide eligible businesses across Telford & Wrekin with a fully funded grant
to access fibre broadband.
Telford and Wrekin, 98 per cent of the borough will be covered by the end of
2017 as a result of the Council’s Superfast Telford partnership with BT and Broadband
Delivery UK (BDUK).
council is committed to seeking a solution for the other 2% of the borough, of
which this scheme is potentially one, to get coverage as close to 100 per cent
& Wrekin element of the £4m project is seeking £237,818 funding from the European
Regional Development Fund , which requires match funding of £158,545.
assumed that the level of grant payment to businesses will on average be
between £7,000 and £25,000 per business although many grants in Telford and
Wrekin are likely to be towards the lower end of the spectrum, as it has more
accessible, semi-rural areas.
only be open to businesses that have not been broadband enabled by either the
current Superfast Telford programme or by other commercial broadband investment.
of 124 eligible businesses have initially been identified in Telford and Wrekin
and an expected output of around 22 per cent or 27 businesses, including a
significant number of micro enterprises will potentially benefit.
Angela McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Customer
and Neighbourhood Services, said: “We have made a commitment to extend fibre broadband coverage across the borough as far as
priority is the delivery of Superfast Telford which is still in the early
stages of delivery.
the Marches Broadband Grant scheme opens up the availability of fibre broadband
to businesses that might not be covered by Superfast Telford, although some
eligible businesses may receive superfast connectivity via the main programme.
demonstrates our commitment to ensure that as close to as 100 per cent of the
borough as possible has access to superfast connectivity and all the benefits
& Wrekin Council’s cabinet – which meets on 21 July – is being asked to
approve proposals for the match funding mechanism.
are also being asked to enter into a partnership agreement with project
partners Shropshire and Herefordshire Councils to deliver the grant project.