Broadband update in Knowsley

Published on: Tuesday, 29-July-2014

Last year, the government allocated £5.46 million to the five Merseyside authorities of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral as part of the Broadband UK (BDUK) fund.

The programme, Merseyside Connected, is being co-ordinated by Liverpool City Council and aims to bring superfast broadband and improved broadband speeds to businesses and communities across Merseyside.

A programme team has been established to take the programme forward.  Deploying cabinets is progressing well with the surveying of sites well ahead of schedule.  As well as the government funding, the programme is being match-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) who have allocated £5.505 million to the programme.

BT will be delivering the project on behalf of the five local authorities. In addition to the government and ERDF monies, BT will also be investing £6 million of its own funding in the project. The project is expected to continue until June 2016.
 
The project is only able to intervene in areas where there is a defined market failure which means where BT do not intend to upgrade the area through their commercial plans and where Virgin Media do not currently have defined plans to cover.       
 
Regular updates and further information regarding the project are available at http://www.merseysideconnected.org.  This site is being updated at key stages of the programme.