Supporting the needs of residents and local businesses to get digitally ahead

Hounslow Council is set to bid for a share of funding to help provide faster digital access for residents and local businesses.

Published: Monday, 7th August 2017

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Hounslow Council is set to bid for a share of funding to help provide faster digital access for residents and local businesses.

It follows the launch of the government’s major project designed to provide more high quality digital facilities across the country.
 
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will shortly be inviting bids from local authorities and other public local organisations, to secure funding for their areas to help build full fibre networks. 

If successful in its bid, the Council will look to use this funding to support the growth of businesses, new companies starting up, improve home working opportunities and increasing investment opportunities across the borough.

Consultation will then be held so it can identify the areas where it is most needed. The Council would work with providers to identify those locations with the lowest speeds to see what improvements could be made.

There is a total of £200m allocated from the National Productivity Investment Fund - a central government grant.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The funding would enable local residents and businesses to have improved access to on-line services through faster broadband speeds. 
 
“Residents will be able to pay for services more efficiently online such as Council Tax, reporting a missed rubbish collection or fly tipping and registering to vote.”