Cumbria has become the latest county to announce a deal to secure the rollout of superfast broadband, after it announced a deal worth a possible total of £70m which will be managed by BT.
The deal is made up of various funds, including investment by BT of £30m on securing the bid as well as £17.1m from the government agency Broadband Delivery UK.
A possible further £15.4m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is still subject to approval.
The plans to rollout broadband in Cumbria hit a stumbling block earlier this year when both bids by Fujitsu and BT were rejected by the council, leading Fujitsu to pull out of the bidding by claiming it was commercially unviable.
Councillor cabinet member Elizabeth Mallinson said the conclusion of the process to secure a vendor for the rollout was a great step forward for the region.
"Securing a supplier of the calibre of BT will help ensure that the Connecting Cumbria programme delivers significant long term benefits for businesses, communities and the people of Cumbria," she said.
"This contract will provide essential infrastructure that will help the project deliver superfast broadband across rural and urban Cumbria to residents and businesses alike."
BT said it was pleased to secure another deal and would start the planning processes soon.
"We will be working closely with Cumbria County Council to complete the required activities necessary for contract signature over the coming weeks," it said.
The deal caps a good week for BT which also secured a deal worth £33m to rollout broadband across Surrey to some 90,000 homes and businesses.
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