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Broadband lifeline for rural parts of Derbyshire

Press Release   •   Apr 26, 2017 10:13 BST

BT's Paul Bimson - Regional Partnership Director

By Paul Bimson, BT’s Regional Partnership Director for the East Midlands

At BT, we’re looking to hear from communities in Derbyshire that would like to work with us to bring fibre broadband to their area.

In recent years, a huge amount of work has taken place across the county and we’re fast approaching 93 per cent of homes being able to get superfast download speeds[1].

But we also know there’s still work to do in some areas and that there are communities, which don’t yet have faster fibre broadband and are not currently included in any roll-out plans for this exciting technology.

We know speed is important. It helps you do things much faster and is a major boost for everyday things many of us take for granted – like listening to music online, catching up on TV box sets, working from home or online learning and education.

We’re having great success with a new initiative – called a Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) – specifically intended to help communities not yet involved in rollout plans. Across the UK, around 250 CFP projects have so far been agreed with local communities, of which more than 100 have already been completed.

A Community Fibre Partnership involves a local group working directly with us. There usually needs to be a joint funding arrangement, but we do everything we can to make it as affordable as possible.

There’s even a grant available of up to £20,000 if your local Ofsted registered school benefits from the work. But, whatever your circumstance, it is well worth getting in touch and finding out more.

We have a dedicated team on standby to explain things clearly and take you through the process. It really doesn’t have to be daunting. You’ll get a dedicated point of contact and help bringing your community together.

It’s already proving popular here in Derbyshire with a number of communities already expressing an interest in working with us and some partnerships underway.

A CFP guarantees a fibre connection via the Openreach network, so people can continue choosing their own internet service provider and benefit from competitive pricing.

If you want to find out more on behalf of your community, visit www.communityfibre.bt.com. It takes just a few minutes but could be the start of an exciting journey to getting fibre broadband.

You’ll find lots of information online that clearly explains what happens, you can check your postcode to understand your fibre broadband status, and then go on to submit an expression of interest to start the ball rolling.

We look forward to working with you.

[1] According to the independent thinkbroadband.com

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 20161, BT Group’s reported revenue was £19,012m with reported profit before taxation of £2,907m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

1The results for the period have been revised to reflect the outcome of the investigation into our Italian business. Detail of which is set out in our third quarter results announcement published on 27 January 2017. This financial information is unaudited.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

About Openreach

Openreach is the UK’s leading digital infrastructure provider.

Its 32,000 employees are responsible for building and maintaining millions of miles of fibre and copper cables that connect every home and business in the UK to local telephone exchanges. Openreach operates and maintains this network to deliver a range of wholesale services for more than 560 retail providers, who in-turn provide telephony, broadband, TV and data services to more than 30 million consumer and business customers throughout the country.

Openreach is a highly regulated business, with more than 90 per cent of its revenues generated from services that are regulated by Ofcom. Any company can access its products under exactly the same prices, terms and conditions.

Over the last decade, Openreach has invested more than £10bn into its network and is currently building the UK’s largest fibre broadband footprint. This technology is available to more than 26 million homes and businesses, with tens of thousands more gaining access each week.

Openreach is a wholly owned and independently governed division of the BT Group. For the year ended 31 March 2016, it reported revenues of £5.1bn.

For more information, visitopenreach.co.uk