The iNorthumberland programme is being delivered by Northumberland County Council and forms part of Digital Northumberland (view a copy of the Digital Northumberland Strategy here).
The iNorthumberland fibre roll out is funded by Department for Culture Media and Sport via BDUK, Northumberland County Council and BT. Previous phases of the roll out also received funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Defra’s Rural Community Broadband Fund. The iNorthumberland staff team is funded by Northumberland County Council.
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, was 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 Be Digital aimed 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
Northumberland County Council is currently rolling out Code Clubs across the county. Code Club believes that all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. To do this, they support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for children aged 9-11 to build and share their ideas, learning along the way.
Over the past 12 months, the number of active clubs in Northumberland has increased dramatically. The vast majority of these clubs are volunteer led, although support from teaching staff is always on hand. It is clear that there is a rapidly increasing demand for Code Clubs across the county, and we need your help to meet this demand.
Further information on Code Club, including details on how you can get involved can be found here.
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