Northamptonshire County Council aims to be the first area in England with Superfast Next Generation Broadband by the end of 2017.
A critical component of this project was effectively communicating the progress of the broadband service roll out to people living and working in Northamptonshire.
To help Northamptonshire do this, Atkins developed the Superfast When & Where Portal which can be accessed online via http://bnpc.atkinsgeospatial.com/.
Traditionally maps like this would be in static paper or PDF format, so the interactive web map represents a new way of engaging with constituents. With the Portal accessible via desktop, mobile and tablet, people in Northamptonshire can search by postcode and see when they will receive superfast broadband at their home or business.
Since going live in November 2013, the Portal has been well-received by the public. Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire mentioned the site in a speech in the House of Commons, saying: “Northamptonshire County Council has one of the most detailed “when and where” maps in the country.”
PC Pro magazine also cited the project as an example of fibre broadband coverage map best practice in their July edition feature on ‘Who’s getting fibre’.