The Digital Infrastructure Group

The Digital Infrastructure Group (DIG) consists of the six Berkshire local authorities, who are Bracknell Forest, Reading, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, West Berkshire, and Wokingham Councils (the DIG partner authorities), working alongside the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (the LEP).

Berkshire map with Local Authorities

We work together to deliver and achieve world class digital connectivity to Berkshire through various programmes, projects and initiatives with the aim of creating a truly Connected Berkshire. By creating a joined-up approach to address the challenges faced by infrastructure restrictions and maximising collaboration we will align expertise, resources and priorities. You can read more about this on our Collaboration Working Agreement page.

We are steering digital infrastructure provision, project delivery and engagement across the region, working side by side with market providers, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) and other stakeholders. In doing so, we will continue to secure external funding and drive digital demand.

We have already delivered many exciting projects and initiatives, such as providing schools with gigabit connectivity under the Full Fibre for Schools project . We have created infrastructure enabling tools such as our Dig Once Strategy, Supplementary Planning Guidance and standardised land access agreements (templates to be uploaded soon).

We regularly meet with the market through our Market Engagement Group. We have secured multi £million central government and LEP investment. We are one of only eight pilot projects to deliver a digital asset management platform through the Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator pilot.

We aim to help people take advantage of improved digital connectivity and to use and embrace technology by encouraging digital adoption through our Digital Adoption Strategy.

Further information on DIG and our programme of projects and initiatives is available in the Digital Infrastructure Group Year End Report. You can also see how we are working to align to Government initiatives and some of the major projects we are currently supporting in our DIG Digital Roadmap (You can close the image below by clicking the title).

DIG Roadmap

Our aims are to:

Align activities across multiple

programmes/ strategies

Create new digital

infrastructure and assets

Create the right conditions to

attract digital investment

Ensure benefits are derived by all

seven DIG partners

Our objectives are to:        

Increase gigabit capability to

85% by 2025

Optimise use of wireless technologies

and small cell rollout

Eliminate Connectivity ‘not spots’ through infrastructure

Establish a Digital Inclusion Task Force

The Programme will achieve its aims and objectives by delivering projects and initiatives through this joined up work . Some of these include:

  • Digital Adoption
  • Infrastructure Enablers
  • Asset Mapping
  • Market Engagement

Connected Berkshire: Now. Tomorrow. Beyond.