Strong take-up of BT fibre and deployment savings have seen more than £3 million reinvested in the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme in Worcestershire.
As part of the scheme's clawback mechanism, which requires BT to reinvest money when take-up of its new services passes the 20% mark, around £2.1 million is to be pumped back into enhancing coverage across the county.
At present, BT's aim is to make superfast broadband available to 90% of premises in Worcestershire by June next year, and 95% by the summer of 2018.
As well as the £2.1 million boost, a further £0.9 million is to be reinvested after BT managed to make cost savings on the deployment of the services, which stemmed from using the cheaper fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) method, rather than costly fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), where possible.
Around 35,000 premises have already benefitted from a superfast broadband upgrade since the scheme's launch, and the new funding will help to supplement the next round of upgrades, noted Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member Simon Geraghty
He added: "It is important that we continue to focus on stimulating demand for the service and ensuring residents and businesses are aware they need to ‘sign-up’ when fibre reaches their area in order to benefit from improved speeds."
Earlier this summer, the government announced that take-up of the Broadband Delivery UK scheme is increasingly exceeding 20% in some areas of the UK, with Rutland (39.8% take-up), Surrey (27.1%) and North Yorkshire (23.5%) leading the way.