Derbyshire Conservative Council – £7.39m Funding

Help get Derbyshire online for £7.39 million broadband funding

26 October 2011

We need your help to unlock a £7.39 million pot of Government funding to bring superfast broadband to the county.


National ‘Get Online’ week – a Government drive to help everyone make the most of the internet for leisure and work – runs from 30 October to 6 November.

Like many other areas of the UK, Derbyshire suffers from patchy broadband coverage with some areas having no web access or limited capability.

We’ve been allocated £7.39 million from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK scheme to improve broadband access − but we have to find the same amount in match-funding in order to receive the money.

A key part of this is demonstrating public demand for improved broadband to encourage companies to invest in the county − and we’re urging residents and businesses to complete our Community Broadband survey at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/broadbandsurvey (opens in a new window)

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:

“Get Online week will focus on the positive impact the internet can have on people’s day-to-day lives.”Bringing fast and reliable broadband to Derbyshire is one of our key priorities and we really need people to share their experience to help us do this.

“We’ve been running the survey for a year and we’re grateful to the 1,500 residents and businesses who have already responded but we need more.

“We all need to pull together to bring better broadband to Derbyshire and Get Online week is the ideal time for people to do their bit for the county’s future.”

If you don’t have access to the internet you can visit our libraries where you can use a computer for free.

Or you can ring Call Derbyshire on 08 456 058 058 or 01629 533190 where an operator will fill in the survey while you are on the line.

If you have additional comments you can email them to broadband@derbyshire.gov.uk

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