West Berkshire Council

Council supports delivery of high speed broadband

New proposals could guarantee broadband connections in all new build homes

LOGO: Superfast Broadband

Issued on: 20 December 2018

West Berkshire Council has expressed support for plans that would require developers and operators to provide gigabit-capable connections to new homes.

The proposals, which are set out in a Department of Culture, Media and Sport consultation, would guarantee the installation of gigabit capable connections in all new builds at point of construction and would give residents a wider choice of service providers.

 In a letter to Margot James, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Nick Carter, West Berkshire Council's Chief Executive said:

 "If we are to continue to offer residents and businesses the best possible connections in the future, we feel that the government's policies must, at very least, mandate the installation of the best possible infrastructure into new build properties. For this reason, we are very supportive of the measures laid out in the consultation, as they would deliver precisely this."

Commenting on the proposals, Graham Jones, Leader of West Berkshire Council, said:

 "It is well-documented that West Berkshire is leading the way in rural broadband, with ThinkBroadband recognising us as having the best speeds in the country. We are incredibly proud of this, which is absolutely key to the delivery of our commitment to be open for business.

"I'm pleased to see that the government is considering this policy as it something we have been looking at as a council for some time. Installing this infrastructure at point of build makes sense because it will offer residents great connections at the lowest possible cost, with minimal disruption."