Agenda item

Digital Connectivity Strategy for Staffordshire

Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change

Minutes:

“Getting as many places as possible gigabit-ready means more digital capacity for everyone through greater bandwidth and lightning-fast connectivity. It is predicated that each home will have over 200 internet-reliant devices in just five years, from central heating to toothbrushes, and for businesses, it could mean hugely improved productivity, resilience and flexible working, to name just a few of the immediate benefits. Our vision is that no-one is left out, even the hard-to-reach places, so the Gigafast Staffordshire team is about working with partners to create the right demand and market conditions so that everyone can get hooked up.”

 

Simon Tagg, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change

 

Reasons for the Decision – To consider the Digital Infrastructure Strategic Framework (DISF) for Staffordshire which includes the vision for the county to achieve 100% gigabit connectivity access by 2030.

 

Decision – (a) That the Digital Infrastructure Strategic Framework (DISF) for Staffordshire be approved.

 

(b) That the use of the £4million gainshare funding to resource and support delivery of the DISF through the Digital Connectivity Hub and delivery programme be supported.

 

(c) That authority be delegated to the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change, to fund digital connectivity projects and programmes that market the opportunity improved digital connectivity brings, demonstrate and test new connectivity technologies and its advantages and pilot connectivity solutions using the gainshare funding.

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