Middlesbrough Council is committed to improving access to faster broadband for its businesses and residents. We've worked closely with our Tees Valley neighbours and Durham County Council to utilise funding from Broadband Delivery UK (part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport), to improve superfast broadband coverage and ensure that at least 95% of Middlesbrough's premises have access to superfast broadband.
To find out if your area can currently access superfast broadband, or is scheduled for improvement, please use the BT Openreach postcode checker.
We're continuing to work closely with Tees Valley Combined Authority to improve access to superfast broadband for both residents and businesses. We're currently undertaking a feasibility study with independent telecom consultants Farrpoint, to assess Middlesbrough's current infrastructure capabilities and network requirements, with a view to achieving gigabit status and accessing the government’s Local Full Fibre Network Challenge Fund.
Middlesbrough Council is working with partner councils as part of the Digital Durham programme to improve broadband infrastructure.
Digital Durham is working to provide superfast broadband in the council areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland). We work in partnership with Broadband Delivery (BDUK), which is part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
Digital Durham contracts suppliers who receive public funding to provide superfast broadband in areas where it is either not available or included in any future commercial plans. Significant investments have already been made with Middlesbrough Council funding, Tees Valley Combined Authority and central government match funding. Decisions on where public funding can be spent are made following consultation and state aid approval.
The public consultation stage of the Open Market Review is now open. This primarily gives broadband wholesale providers an opportunity to comment on the classifications that have been allocated to areas from the data they have supplied. It also gives residents, businesses and communities a chance to review, comment or query the current and planned coverage.
Durham County Council is the lead body for the Digital Durham programme and information on the consultation and how to respond can be found on their website.