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Broadband Deal Will Provide Business Boost

 

The region's largest business membership organisation has welcomed a £24 million project to transform broadband speeds for businesses and residents across County Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland and Tees Valley, which was announced today.

NECC has welcomed a £24 million project to transform broadband speeds for businesses and residents across County Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland and Tees ValleyThe region's largest business membership organisation has welcomed a £24 million project to transform broadband speeds for businesses and residents across County Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland and Tees Valley, which was announced today.

Digital Durham, a partnership of eight local authorities including Durham County Council, has agreed a deal with BT to deliver high-speed fibre broadband to around 94 per cent of premises by the end of 2016 and aims to provide a minimum of 2Mbps broadband speeds for all.

North East Chamber of Commerce infrastructure specialist, Mark Stephenson, said:

"For the second week in a row we have a clear demonstration of what can be achieved when the public and private sectors work collaboratively. Following last week's iNorthumberland announcement, Digital Durham will be of enormous benefit to the regional business community.

"High speed broadband is becoming just as important as road and rail investment and is an essential component rather than an optional extra for many firms, so this is fantastic news for our members.

"It will open up a raft of new opportunities for businesses and significantly increase the attractiveness of the county for investment."