£18 million deal to boost Norfolk broadband

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Even more homes and businesses in Norfolk will benefit from access to faster broadband as the successful Better Broadband for Norfolk programme is set for a multimillion pound extension.

It was announced today that an £18 million deal has been signed by Norfolk County Council and BT for a further major increase in the extensive network of fibre cables and roadside cabinets installed since the original project got underway two years ago. Once installation work on both the first and second contracts is completed, it is expected that coverage of fibre broadband will reach 90 per cent of Norfolk premises.

This deal sees £6 million of central Government funding matched by £5 million from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and £1 million from the County Council. BT will be contributing £5.9 million over the term of the contract.

This will enable many households and businesses in pockets of Norfolk that still have slow internet speeds to buy faster fibre broadband from service providers.

And even further investment is planned. In addition to the latest £18 million deal, another £6.4 million has been committed to help Norfolk contribute to the Government’s national target of making high-speed broadband available to 95 per cent of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2017. Half of the £6.4 million has been pledged by five of Norfolk’s district councils – Breckland, Broadland, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, North Norfolk and South Norfolk – and the remainder from central government.

Representatives from the BBfN programme will hold discussions with the district councils over the coming months to work out how this extra funding will be spent to improve broadband connectivity in each area. Further details are likely to be announced in the summer.

The current BBfN programme is set to continue until December 2015, with the number of Norfolk properties able to access faster internet services as a result currently standing at 119,000. Of all the broadband projects awarded under the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK contract framework in England, it has achieved the most progress, making fibre broadband available to more homes and businesses than in any other area to date.

Each roadside fibre broadband cabinet serves homes and businesses in a very localised area such as part of a village or town. As faster services become available, people will be able to check whether their home or business can receive them via the Better Broadband for Norfolk website.

<a href=”betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk>http://www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk/

 

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