Following on from our last update on the progress of Suffolk’s Better Broadband campaign, we just had to bring you this latest news.
According to the East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk has been given nearly £5million to extend its broadband coverage to more of the county.
The funding has come from the Government’s Superfast Extension Programme, which is designed to give 95% of the UK access to superfast broadband by 2017.
As a result the current work of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme can now be extended to include some of Suffolk’s hardest to reach rural communities
Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee is reported to have said: “We are only half a year into the delivery of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme and we’re already looking at how we can take it to the next level.
“Our current commitment to making superfast speeds available to 85% of Suffolk homes and businesses is only the beginning. We want to push forward so that even more people are able to benefit.”
We’ll keep you posted of any further developments.
If you’ve been following this blog, you would have seen some earlier posts about the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign:
Better Broadband for Suffolk
Better Broadband for Suffolk – Update
Better Broadband for Suffolk – Could it Really be Happening?
Well, here’s the latest update from Suffolk County Council.
They have announced that they are very happy to be working jointly with BT to deliver much needed broadband improvements for Suffolk.
Key to this programme is embedding the usage of superfast broadband within the business community and sharing learning about the opportunities it unlocks in terms of incremental productivity, efficiencies, improved marketing and even completely new business models.
To that end, the Suffolk Better Broadband Programme are sponsoring the East Anglian Daily Times “Broadband Business” award, aiming to recognise business models, projects and initiatives that have improved business performance through the use of better broadband, increased bandwidth and associated broadband technology.
The award is open to businesses, including social enterprises that are able to demonstrate an approach that has made use of better broadband to support improved access to services, customers, suppliers or any other business improvement.
Fantastic – looks as though Suffolk is going Superfast!
We’ll bring you more updates as we get them.