North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire Councils have joined forces with BT in a £5.7 million rural broadband deal to roll-out high-speed fibre to 89% of homes and businesses.

The Northern Lincs Broadband Programme contract is part financed by the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework, which finances council rural broadband deals.

BT is putting in £1.51 million towards the fibre deployment. A further £2.64 million is government funding from BDUK, with the remaining £1.557 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which part finances the Northern Lincs Broadband Programme.

A North Lincolnshire Council spokesperson, said: "This is an important step in the campaign to bring faster broadband speeds to every home, business and school in North and North East Lincs.

"We will be announcing the installation schedule in the coming months and communities across the county can look forward to improved access to online services and better connectivity for businesses from 2014 onwards."

BT has won every other previous rural broadband through the BDUK framework, after all other suppliers pulled out saying they couldn't compete under the terms.