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Superfast broadband plans in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council was requested by Central Government to aid the rollout of Superfast Broadband by suppliers in order to increase coverage across the country. The Government’s policy is to provide funding to support the roll-out of superfast broadband to those areas of the UK where commercial roll-out is not economically viable.

The Council is working in partnership with BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK, part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) alongside Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough and Milton Keynes Councils, to administer the Central Superfast Programme which is to upgrade the infrastructure in order to extend fibre broadband coverage across the four councils.

Under current projects, Bedford Borough will provide fibre broadband availability to over 97% of premises.

The fibre rollout is split into two phased projects which currently run until 2018/19. We continue to seek additional funding to achieve further coverage in the future to reach our target of 100% coverage across the Borough.

Latest information on the Central Superfast - Phase 3 NGA Procurement 

BDUK3 Project 2019

Project 3 (BDUK 3) is currently at the contract deployment negotiation stage. This is currently the final project and seeks to get superfast coverage for the final 2-3% of the area, with speeds of no less than 30Mbps.

All the remaining unserved premises in Bedford Borough are eligible for funding and there was a requirement to cover as many of the remaining premises as possible with the funding available, however, we cannot guarantee that all properties will benefit. The main solution from the provider is FTTP.

Details on the outcome and delivery plans will be shared as soon as possible (likely to be after summer 2018). Work is due to take place between April and December 2019.

There will be no further funding from the Government after BDUK 3. Any additional spend in the future will be from efficiency savings from existing/current projects.

BDUK superfast extension project 2016 - 2018 currently live 

Cabinets that have been upgraded/new and are live

  • Bedford 38, 51, 64, 69, 90, 95, 112, 123, 131, 135
  • Cardington 1, 7
  • Colmworth 1, 6, 7, 8
  • Great Barford 1, 4, 5
  • Harrold 4, 5
  • Kempston 9, 10, 21, 29, 35
  • Kimbolton 1, 12
  • Lower Shelton 7
  • Oakley 1, 3, 4, 5, 11, 15, 16, 17, 19
  • Ravensden 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Riseley 2, 4
  • Sharnbrook 1, 6
  • St Neots 44, 54, 55
  • Turvey 2, 3, 4
  • Wilstead 3, 4


Last updated: 24.07.18

You can check your broadband phasing status based on your location using the materials below:

BDUK superfast broadband project 2014-2016: officially completed

Completed fibre broadband cabinet upgrades (serving Bedford Borough):

  • Bedford 44, 55, 67, 80, 114, 125, 136
  • Cardington 2, 3
  • Colmworth 3  
  • Great Barford 2, 3
  • Harrold 1, 2, 3
  • Lower Shelton 14, 18
  • Oakley 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14
  • Ravensden 2
  • Riseley 3
  • Sharnbrook 2, 3, 4, 7
  • Wilstead 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 14

You can check your cabinet speed on Broadband Checker

Subsidised support for basic broadband

The Better Broadband Voucher Scheme is a UK-wide government subsidy scheme. It aims to provide an affordable, basic broadband installation to homes and businesses that are unable to access a broadband service with a download speed of at least 2 Mbps – and who will not benefit from the superfast broadband roll out within the next 12 months.

Since its launch in December 2015, the scheme has boosted the broadband speeds of more than 20,000 homes and businesses in some of the hardest to reach areas of the UK.

Households and businesses that are eligible to take advantage of the scheme have the installation and hardware costs of their connection subsidised to ensure their first year costs are no more than £400.

To find out more about the scheme and whether your premises could be eligible please visit the Better Broadband Voucher Scheme website.

National Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Government is committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment in March 2018 the Government announced the introduction of a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.

How to get involved in the scheme

Residents: If there are businesses and other residents in your area who want to install a gigabit capable connection you may be able to benefit from a voucher worth up to £500 as part of a group project led by a supplier. You can approach a supplier in your area to see if there are any group projects you may be able to join. If there are no projects in your area, you may be able to join up with other residents and local businesses and approach a supplier directly.

Businesses: If you are a small or medium sized business, you may be able to get a gigabit voucher worth up to £3,000 to upgrade your business broadband to a fast and reliable connection over gigabit capable infrastructure.

To find out more and for terms and conditions of this scheme please visit the Gigabit Voucher Scheme website​.

Community-led broadband schemes

Over the past few years, a number of communities (both urban and rural) have successfully improved broadband access in their local area through a community led model. The Government has produced guidance to help community groups to access and benefit from potential models, case studies and funding options relevant to local broadband projects. The information can be found at GOV.UK

Advice to developers and house builders

General broadband information

Our Superfast Broadband document (PDF) provides general information and outlines how it could benefit you. 

Contact Justine Ives, Business Growth Manager

Email: Justine.ives@bedford.gov.uk