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.
A while ago we wrote about the latest update in the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign. Well, now there’s more news.
A recent email from the campaign has announced that:
Suffolk County Council has today announced that it will work with BT to implement the county’s Better Broadband for Suffolk programme.
Every household and business premises in Suffolk will now be guaranteed broadband speeds of at least 2 megabits per second (Mbps) by 2015 with 85% being able to access superfast coverage.
It means that within just three years, 9 out of 10 Suffolk properties will be connected to fibre-based broadband and will be able to get speed increases of at least 10Mbps.
Obviously, this announcement has been welcomed with open arms. As Mark Bee, Leader of Suffolk County Council said “Improving access to broadband is going to help Suffolk’s economy grow by as much as 20% and create up to 5000 new jobs. There’s a digital divide between Suffolk and the rest of the country but an even more acute disparity between urban and rural Suffolk. The Better Broadband programme is going to close those gaps, boost school attainment and help the public sector to deliver services more efficiently and cheaply.”
So what’s next?
Well, a contract between Suffolk County Council and BT is expected to be finalised and finally awarded by the end of October 2012.
This is fantastic news for Suffolk and we’ll keep you posted on further developments as and when we hear about them.
Following on from our earlier post, ‘Backing Broadband for Suffolk’, we thought you might like to find out how the campaign is going.
According to the I’m Backing Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign…
On the 14 September 2011, following an investment of up to £10 million from Suffolk County Council, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that the Suffolk Local Broadband Plan would be one of five counties to be the first to kick off their government-backed programme to make superfast broadband available across their areas.
We are now working to a Framework Delivery Model set out by BDUK to deliver superfast broadband to Suffolk.
That means that in the next six months leading up to March 2012, we will be developing the project to establish local requirements – this includes where as a county we already have broadband coverage, where the gaps are and where are the areas that will have maximum impact.
With more and more people across Suffolk calling for super fast broadband, to ensure either in business or at home they can access a whole range of services, the I’m backing better broadband for Suffolk campaign needs as many people as possible to get behind them.
If you haven’t already, please make sure you go to our their website, which is here and sign up to the campaign – it will mean you will receive regular updates from the campaign and what they need you to do to help show the need there is in Suffolk.