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Luton Borough Council

The broadband project

Luton council's elected members have approved a contribution of £180,000 towards enabling superfast broadband in Luton.

This investment will be used to unlock an additional £180,000 contribution from the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funding, and will be particularly important for some of the town’s major business areas.
 
The project will be delivered by a partnership between Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes councils, as well as BT and BDUK - the government’s superfast broadband agency. Its primary aim is to bring access to superfast broadband (up to 30MB) infrastructure to 90% of the homes and businesses in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes during 2017.​
 
The project will also benefit those premises not in the 90% coverage areas by ensuring that access to basic fibre broadband (at least 2MB) is a minimum for all.
 
Council leader, Cllr Hazel Simmons, said: “I am particularly pleased that the measures agreed will serve to increase the attractiveness of Luton as a business location and capitalise on the infrastructure improvements already being delivered including completion of the inner ring road and improvements at M1 Junction 10a."

What is the superfast broadband project?

We are investing £180,000 towards enabling superfast broadband in Luton.
 
The investment will be used to unlock an additional £180,000 contribution from the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funding, and will be particularly important for some of the town’s major business areas.
 
The project will be delivered by a partnership between Luton, Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Milton Keynes councils, as well as BT and BDUK - the government’s superfast broadband agency.
Its primary aim is to bring access to superfast broadband (up to 30MB) infrastructure to approximately 99% of the homes and businesses in Luton during 2017/2018.

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Postcode checker​

Women and Broadband Challenge Fund 2015

The Women and Broadband Challenge Fund 2015 is now available to help women start or grow their own business by improving their digital skills, getting them online and taking full advantage of all the opportunities Superfast Broadband can bring to their businesses. The fund is supported by:
  • Luton Council
  • Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Bedford Borough Council
  • Milton Keynes Council
 
For more information regarding the scheme and other workshops dates across Central Bedfordshire, Bedford  and Milton Keynes, please visit the Wenta website.

Getting a basic broadband service

  • The Government has committed to giving access to 2Mbps download speed to every premises in the UK from the end of 2015. As part of this commitment, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) are making available the option of a subsidised satellite broadband installation for eligible premises
  • You will only be eligible if your premises does not have access to speeds of more than 2Mbps. Note: As well as the major broadband networks such as BT Openreach and Virgin Media, you may also be able to get a basic broadband service from other suppliers who have coverage within the area
  • You will need to read the Scheme Guide. Once you have read the guide, if you think you are eligible, you can apply for a subsidy code which will enable you to gain access to a subsidised installation.
 
Apply here

Central Superfast - Phase 3 NGA Procurement (December 2016)

New procurement to further extend coverage of Next Generation Access (NGA) Broadband across the combined area of Luton, Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Councils.
 
For more information and details of how to respond to this consultation please visit the Central Superfast page.​

This consultation was open from 14 January 2017.

What are my other options for better broadband?

You may already be able to access superfast broadband services. You can check current and planned availability of superfast broadband services in Luton by using the postcode checker.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Launch of the National Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme​

The government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 the Government announced the introduction of a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500. 

How to get involved in the scheme

Residents

If there are businesses and other residents in your area who want to install a gigabit capable connection you may be able to benefit from a voucher worth up to £500 as part of a group project led by a supplier.

You can approach a supplier in your area to see if there are any group projects you may be able to join. If there are no projects in your area, you may be able to join up with other residents and local businesses and approach a supplier directly.

Businesses

If you are a small or medium sized business, you may be able to get a gigabit voucher worth up to £2,500 to upgrade your business broadband to a fast and reliable connection over gigabit capable infrastructure.

To find out more and for terms and conditions of this scheme please visit the Gigabit Voucher Scheme website​.

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