The iNorthumberland programme is being delivered by Northumberland County Council and forms part of Digital Northumberland.
iNorthumberland is funded by Department for Culture Media and Sport via BDUK, Northumberland County Council, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Defra’s Rural Community Broadband Fund and BT.
In 2011, the Government announced that it wanted the UK to have the best broadband internet network in Europe by the end of the decade.
We want to make Northumberland a place that attracts new business, helps enterprise flourish and gives everyone the opportunity to make the most of the latest technology. We all know the benefits of the internet; it provides access to a world of information, it’s invaluable in terms of business, helps us keep in touch with friends and family, and provides an opportunity to unwind.
There is an assumption that as customers or as businesses we all have access to modern digital connectivity. Research indicates it increases innovation, opens access to new markets and is valuable in sustaining communities. With the kinds of technological advances being made across the world, including teleworking and access to online health services, it’s clear to see that we should aim to be at the forefront. Core connectivity will support the development of other sectors including energy, tourism and business services.
We are committed to ensuring that the economic and social benefits which modern digital communications will help deliver are accessible to all of our people – to those in our remote, rural communities as well as our major urban centres. Northumberland is a largely rural county with many people living in remote but stunningly beautiful locations.
Northumberland’s ‘Be Digital – Women and Broadband Challenge’ project, funded by Government Equalities Office, has been set up to celebrate the achievements of women from past generations and the many inspiring stories of Northumberland’s women in business today, whilst also recognising the emerging culture and importance of ‘digital’ both in our workplaces and in our enterprise growth. Through a programme of training and support we want to inspire and enable our women to be part of the story of our distinctive county and play a part in shaping the future of a Digital Northumberland.
To find out more visit www.bedigital.org.uk