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Suffolk: More properties to get faster broadband

Bill Murphy, BT managing director next generation access and Waveney MP Peter Aldous. Front: Councillor Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council's leader and chair of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme.

Bill Murphy, BT managing director next generation access and Waveney MP Peter Aldous. Front: Councillor Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council's leader and chair of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme.

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An extra £10 million towards a project to get fast broadband to the most rural areas of Suffolk should help get 95pc of homes connected by 2017.

The money will be added to Suffolk and Norfolk’s Better Broadband projects, which have been running since 2012 – and until now aimed to get 90% of properties connected.

Progress to having superfast broadband available to 90% of properties by 2015 is on target – but as work continues the need to get the technology to more rural properties became clear.

The overall cost of the second phase of Better Broadband project is about £40 million – including £20 million from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which had to be match-funded locally.

The £10 million from the Local Growth Fund is key part of the match-funding. But the LEP said that it would also focus on getting the further 5% connected.

The original deals between BT and the county councils meant that 85% of homes and businesses in Suffolk could expect to access high-speed broadband services of at least 24Mbps (megabits per second) by the end of 2015.

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A community group is hoping a “miracle” will help it save affordable flats in a Suffolk town – after members were given just four months to raise £275,000.

A meeting was held last night with police to address concerns over the crimes.

Police have arrested a man in connection with an incident that took place at Sailmakers shopping centre in Ipswich this morning.

After nine months of, for no particular reason, referring to our unborn first child as “he” (“how’s he doing in there?” etc), it came to me to make the big reveal to my wife in the moments immediately after the birth, writes Elliot Furniss, from Ipswich.

Police, firefighters and paramedics are at the scene of a crash in a west Suffolk village.

Emergency services are at the scene of a crash in a north Essex village this morning.

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