Suffolk Conservatives continue to drive forward their pledge to make Superfast Broadband available to 100% of Suffolk homes and businesses. New figures published show
- 90% of Suffolk properties now have access to fibre broadband
- Suffolk County Council and Openreach have signed a new contract to extend coverage to 98% during 2020
- Plans are being developed for the remaining 2% to complete the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme
Around 315,000 properties now have the option of using fibre broadband, an increase of more than 127,000 from when the Better Broadband for Suffolk programmed started deployment in 2013
It comes as Suffolk County Council reiterates its commitment to provide high-speed internet access for all properties in the county- no one will be left behind.
Starting with signing an extended agreement with Openreach, the local network business which is part of the BT Group, to make high-speed broadband available to around 50,000 more properties, reaching 98% of all properties during 2020, the county council is working on plans to endure every Suffolk property, regardless of its location, can access high-speed broadband services. This includes lobbying Government to support full roll out to the most rural areas.
The programme is working with the local communities in some of the more remote rural areas on innovative solutions to extend broadband coverage, including 'self-dig' schemes.
The switch to fibre broadband will not be automatic. Each household or business will need to contact its broadband service provider to upgrade.
To check if your property can access superfast broadband visit the website at www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com and check your area for coverage. The roll out is ongoing and Suffolk County Council is committed to completing coverage as quickly as possible.