Black Country Broadband

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the four Black Country local authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton) are working together to extend superfast broadband (SFBB) infrastructure to areas across the Black Country.

This initiative is part of the government's established BDUK project which aims to deliver better broadband to rural areas, cities and other areas where there are no foreseeable plans for the market to provide superfast broadband. The project intends to extend the availability of high-speed fibre broadband to 98 per cent of homes and businesses across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton in less than three years.

Discover more about Superfast Broadband in the Black Country:

"Up to 98% of the Black Country’s premises will have access to Superfast fibre-based broadband by Autumn 2017”.

Engineers from Openreach – BT’s local network business – intend to lay new fibre optic cables and upgrade more than 400 road-side cabinets to enable local people to connect to the new fibre broadband network.   

The investment in high-speed fibre broadband aims to help businesses across the Black Country to become more competitive and grow their businesses both in the UK and overseas.  It will also enable local people to better access a range of public services online, as well as new leisure, educational and training opportunities.

The project started in July 2015, with several months of planning and survey work before the first services become available towards the end of 2015. 

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