Broadband boost heralded at show

Mark Bee, Leader of the Suffolk County Council and chairman of Better Broadband for Suffolk

Mark Bee, Leader of the Suffolk County Council and chairman of Better Broadband for Suffolk

Details of the roll-out of the new high-speed broadband across the county are being unveiled at the Suffolk Show today.

A map showing which areas will be the first to get high-speed broadband as a result of the link-up between the county council and BT will be on show at the county stand at the show.

All communities should be reached by high-speed broadband by 2015 – and this exhibition will show when the cable will be coming.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous is visiting the display today, and said it was vital for his part of the county.

“Communication is very important – and the improvement to the rail service could encourage businesses to relocate to our part of Suffolk.

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“But if we are to do that there needs to be much better broadband speeds. This will tell people when that improvement is coming.”

Improving the broadband network has been a vital project to the administration at the county council.

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A total of £40million is being invested in Suffolk’s broadband – of this £11.68million has been put up by the county and district councils in Suffolk, £11.68million from the government’s BD-UK scheme, and £18million from BT.

Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee said: “Initial planning and survey work is well underway and we’re now heading into the delivery phase of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme.

“By the end of 2015, Suffolk County Council is committed to ensuring that every property in Suffolk will have access to broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps and 85% of homes and businesses will be able to get speeds of 24 Mbps or above.”

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